Everett McKinley Dirksen was an American politician. A member of the Republican Party, he represented Illinois in the United States House of Representatives and the United States Senate. As Senate Minority Leader from 1959 to 1969, he played a highly visible and key role in the politics of the 1960s. He helped write and pass the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Civil Rights Act of 1968, both landmark pieces of legislation during the Civil Rights Movement. He was also one of the Senate’s strongest supporters of the Vietnam War. A talented orator with a florid style and a notably rich baritone voice, his flamboyant speeches caused his detractors to refer to him as “The Wizard of Ooze”. Born in Pekin, Illinois, Dirksen served as an artillery officer during World War I and opened a bakery after the war. After serving on the Pekin City Council, he won election to the House of Representatives in 1932.
|Born:||Everett McKinley Dirksen, January 4, 1896, Pekin, Illinois, U.S.|
|Died:||September 7, 1969, Washington, D.C, U.S.|
|Education:||University of Minnesota|
|Deputy:||Thomas Kuchel, Hugh Scott|
|Preceded by:||William F. Knowland|
|Succeeded by:||Hugh Scott|
|IMDb:||Everett Dirksen’s IMDb|
About Everett Dirksen
Republican who represented Illinois from 1951 to 1969 in the Senate. He notably helped write the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Open Housing Act of 1968.
He rose from the life of abean farmer to a University of Minnesota Law School student, and later became a World War I military man.
He was a strong supporter of the Vietnam War, and his oratorical style earned him the nickname ‘The Wizard of Ooze.’
His son-in-law is Senator Howard Baker of Tennessee.
He played a prominent role in aiding the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which was signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson.
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