List of longest-living United States Senators

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This page contains a list of the eldest United States Senators among those currently living (sitting or former) and a list of the individuals who, at the time of their deaths, were the longest-lived United States Senators among those current or former senators then living. Of those living, the longest-lived senator is Edward Brooke. The longest-lived sitting senator is Dianne Feinstein (born 1933).

Oldest senators (historic)[edit]

This is a list of the senators who were, while in office or after, the oldest living before they died.

Begin Date End Date Senator State Birth Date
March 4, 1789 June 13, 1791[1] William Johnson[2] Connecticut October 7, 1727 (aged 61–63)
June 13, 1791 July 23, 1793 Roger Sherman[2] Connecticut April 19, 1721 (aged 70–72)
July 23, 1793 November 14, 1819 William Johnson[3] Connecticut October 7, 1727 (aged 65–92)
November 14, 1819 June 1, 1832 Thomas Sumter South Carolina August 14, 1734 (aged 85–97)
June 1, 1832 November 14, 1832 Charles Carroll Maryland September 19, 1737 (aged 94–95)
November 14, 1832 March 7, 1838 Paine Wingate New Hampshire May 14, 1739 (aged 92–98)
March 7, 1838 April 22, 1839 Samuel Smith Maryland July 27, 1752 (aged 85–86)
April 22, 1839 February 13, 1843 Nathaniel Chipman Vermont November 15, 1752 (aged 86–90)
February 13, 1843 February 25, 1845 Asher Robbins Rhode Island October 26, 1757 (aged 85–87)
February 25, 1845 December 22, 1850 William Plumer New Hampshire June 25, 1759 (aged 85–91)
December 22, 1850 April 12, 1851 David Daggett Connecticut December 31, 1764 (aged 85–86)
April 12, 1851 October 14, 1853 Elisha Mathewson Rhode Island April 18, 1767 (aged 83–86)
October 14, 1853 November 19, 1853 Samuel Crafts Vermont October 6, 1768 (aged 85)
November 19, 1853 July 24, 1854 Jonathan Roberts Pennsylvania August 16, 1771 (aged 82)
July 24, 1854 April 20, 1857 Benjamin Tappan Ohio May 25, 1773 (aged 81–83)
April 20, 1857 May 6, 1860 Littleton Tazewell Virginia December 17, 1774 (aged 82–85)
May 6, 1860 June 23, 1865 William Wilkins Pennsylvania December 20, 1779 (aged 80–85)
June 23, 1865 June 19, 1867 Henry Dodge Wisconsin October 12, 1782 (aged 82–84)
June 19, 1867 December 28, 1870 Wilson Lumpkin Georgia January 14, 1783 (aged 84–87)
December 28, 1870 June 20, 1874 John Ruggles Maine October 8, 1789 (aged 81–84)
June 20, 1874 July 3, 1878 Daniel Sturgeon Pennsylvania October 27, 1789 (aged 84–88)
July 3, 1878 September 16, 1887 Joseph Cilley New Hampshire January 4, 1791 (aged 87–96)
September 16, 1887 June 26, 1889 Simon Cameron Pennsylvania March 8, 1799 (aged 88–90)
June 26, 1889 April 4, 1893 David Meriwether Kentucky October 30, 1800 (aged 88–92)
April 4, 1893 January 6, 1901 James Bradbury Maine June 10, 1802 (aged 90–98)
January 6, 1901 October 7, 1906 Daniel Jewett Missouri September 14, 1807 (aged 93–99)
October 7, 1906 July 27, 1907 Edmund Pettus[4] Alabama July 6, 1821 (aged 85–86)
July 27, 1907 January 10, 1909 John Conness California September 22, 1821 (aged 85–87)
January 10, 1909 November 3, 1924 Cornelius Cole California September 17, 1822 (aged 86–102)
November 3, 1924 April 5, 1928 Chauncey Depew New York April 23, 1834 (aged 90–93)
April 5, 1928 January 24, 1930 Rebecca Felton Georgia June 10, 1835 (aged 92–94)
January 24, 1930 April 12, 1933 Adelbert Ames Mississippi October 31, 1835 (aged 94–97)
April 12, 1933 February 7, 1937 Elihu Root New York February 15, 1845 (aged 88–91)
February 7, 1937 January 26, 1938 Newell Sanders Tennessee July 12, 1850 (aged 86–87)
January 26, 1938 July 24, 1938 Obadiah Gardner Maine September 13, 1852 (aged 85)
July 24, 1938 April 30, 1940 Furnifold Simmons North Carolina January 20, 1854 (aged 84–86)
April 30, 1940 April 21, 1941[1] Fountain Thompson North Dakota November 18, 1854 (aged 85–86)
April 21, 1941 June 26, 1941 Andrew Houston[2] Texas June 21, 1854 (aged 86–87)
June 26, 1941 February 4, 1942 Fountain Thompson North Dakota November 18, 1854 (aged 86–87)
February 4, 1942 July 19, 1947 Robert Owen Oklahoma February 2, 1856 (aged 86–91)
July 19, 1947 July 27, 1954 Joseph Ransdell Louisiana October 7, 1858 (aged 88–95)
July 27, 1954 March 1, 1958 Lawrence Phipps Colorado August 30, 1862 (aged 91–95)
March 1, 1958 March 3, 1961 Joseph Grundy Pennsylvania January 13, 1863 (aged 95–98)
March 3, 1961 May 24, 1961 George Pepper Pennsylvania March 16, 1867 (aged 93–94)
May 24, 1961 May 19, 1966 Theodore Green Rhode Island October 2, 1867 (aged 93–98)
May 19, 1966 December 28, 1972 John Heiskell Arkansas November 2, 1872 (aged 93–100)
December 28, 1972 July 29, 1974 George Radcliffe Maryland August 22, 1877 (aged 95–96)
July 29, 1974 April 14, 1977 John Milton New Jersey January 21, 1881 (aged 93–96)
April 14, 1977 May 15, 1983 Hall Lusk Oregon September 21, 1883 (aged 93–99)
May 15, 1983 December 1, 1984 Stephen Young Ohio May 4, 1889 (aged 94–95)
December 1, 1984 March 20, 1988 Samuel Reynolds Nebraska August 11, 1890 (aged 94–97)
March 20, 1988 March 14, 1989 Gladys Pyle South Dakota October 4, 1890 (aged 97–98)
March 14, 1989 September 23, 1992 Frank Briggs Missouri February 25, 1894 (aged 95–98)
September 23, 1992 June 10, 1993 Milward Simpson Wyoming November 12, 1897 (aged 94–95)
June 10, 1993 May 29, 1995 Margaret Smith Maine December 14, 1897 (aged 95–97)
May 29, 1995 May 8, 1998 Jennings Randolph West Virginia March 8, 1902 (aged 93–96)
May 8, 1998 June 26, 2003 Strom Thurmond[4] South Carolina December 5, 1902 (aged 95–100)
June 26, 2003 August 18, 2004 Hiram Fong Hawaii October 15, 1906 (aged 96–97)
August 18, 2004 October 20, 2009 Clifford Hansen Wyoming October 16, 1912 (aged 91–97)
October 20, 2009 July 30, 2013 Harry F. Byrd, Jr. Virginia December 20, 1914 (aged 94–98)
July 30, 2013 living Edward Brooke Massachusetts October 26, 1919 (age 93–94)

Oldest senators currently living[edit]

This is a list of the 50 eldest senators, current or former, currently living.

Rank Senator Date of birth Senate term State served Party Age (years, days)
1 Edward Brooke October 26, 1919 1967 – 1979 Massachusetts Republican 94 years, 363 days
2 John Glenn July 18, 1921 1974 – 1999 Ohio Democratic 93 years, 98 days
3 Ernest Hollings January 1, 1922 1966 – 2005 South Carolina Democratic 92 years, 296 days
4 Jocelyn Burdick February 6, 1922 1992 - 1992 North Dakota Democratic 92 years, 260 days
5 Paul Laxalt August 2, 1922 1974 – 1987 Nevada Republican 92 years, 83 days
6 James L. Buckley March 9, 1923 1971 – 1977 New York Conservative 91 years, 229 days
7 Bob Dole July 22, 1923 1969 – 1996 Kansas Republican 91 years, 94 days
8 Robert P. Griffin November 6, 1923 1966 – 1979 Michigan Republican 90 years, 352 days
9 John Melcher September 6, 1924 1977 – 1989 Montana Democratic 90 years, 48 days
10 Wendell H. Ford September 8, 1924 1974 – 1999 Kentucky Democratic 90 years, 46 days
11 Daniel Akaka September 11, 1924 1990 – 2013 Hawaii Democratic 90 years, 43 days
12 Dale Bumpers August 12, 1925 1975 – 1999 Arkansas Democratic 89 years, 73 days
13 Robert Burren Morgan October 5, 1925 1975 – 1981 North Carolina Democratic 89 years, 19 days
14 Daniel J. Evans October 16, 1925 1983 – 1989 Washington Republican 89 years, 8 days
15 Maryon Pittman Allen November 30, 1925 1978 Alabama Democratic 88 years, 328 days
16 Harris Wofford April 9, 1926 1991 – 1995 Pennsylvania Democratic 88 years, 198 days
17 Walter Huddleston April 15, 1926 1973 – 1985 Kentucky Democratic 88 years, 192 days
18 Mark Andrews May 19, 1926 1981 – 1987 North Dakota Republican 88 years, 158 days
19 Richard Schweiker June 1, 1926 1969 – 1981 Pennsylvania Republican 88 years, 145 days
20 Marlow Cook July 27, 1926 1968 – 1974 Kentucky Republican 88 years, 89 days
21 John Warner February 18, 1927 1979 – 2009 Virginia Republican 87 years, 248 days
22 Jim Broyhill August 19, 1927 1986 North Carolina Republican 87 years, 66 days
23 Walter Mondale January 5, 1928 1964 – 1977 Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor 86 years, 292 days
24 Slade Gorton January 8, 1928 1981 – 1987,
1989 – 2001
Washington Republican 86 years, 289 days
25 Lauch Faircloth January 14, 1928 1993 – 1999 North Carolina Republican 86 years, 283 days
26 Birch Bayh January 22, 1928 1963 – 1981 Indiana Democratic 86 years, 275 days
27 Joseph Tydings May 4, 1928 1965 – 1971 Maryland Democratic 86 years, 173 days
28 Dick Clark September 14, 1928 1973 – 1979 Iowa Democratic 86 years, 40 days
29 Richard Stone September 22, 1928 1975 – 1981 Florida Democratic 86 years, 32 days
30 Roger Jepsen December 23, 1928 1979 – 1985 Iowa Republican 85 years, 305 days
31 Elaine Edwards March 8, 1929 1972 - 1972 Louisiana Democratic 85 years, 230 days
32 David H. Gambrell December 20, 1929 1971 – 1972 Georgia Democratic 84 years, 308 days
33 Nicholas F. Brady April 11, 1930 1982 New Jersey Republican 84 years, 196 days
34 Mike Gravel May 13, 1930 1969 – 1981 Alaska Democratic 84 years, 164 days
35 Adlai Stevenson III October 10, 1930 1970 – 1981 Illinois Democratic 84 years, 14 days
36 Rudy Boschwitz November 7, 1930 1978 – 1991 Minnesota Republican 83 years, 351 days
37 Fred R. Harris November 13, 1930 1964 – 1973 Oklahoma Democratic 83 years, 345 days
38 Bill Brock November 23, 1930 1971 – 1977 Tennessee Republican 83 years, 335 days
39 Mack Mattingly January 7, 1931 1981 – 1987 Georgia Republican 83 years, 290 days
40 James Abourezk February 24, 1931 1973 – 1979 South Dakota Democratic 83 years, 242 days
41 Lowell P. Weicker May 16, 1931 1971 – 1989 Connecticut Republican 83 years, 161 days
42 Alan K. Simpson September 2, 1931 1979 – 1997 Wyoming Republican 83 years, 52 days
43 Jim Bunning October 23, 1931 1999 – 2011 Kentucky Republican 83 years, 1 day
44 Zell Miller February 24, 1932 2000 – 2005 Georgia Democratic 82 years, 242 days
45 Richard Lugar April 4, 1932 1977 – 2013 Indiana Republican 82 years, 203 days
46 Pete Domenici May 7, 1932 1973 – 2009 New Mexico Republican 82 years, 170 days
47 Bennett Johnston Jr. June 10, 1932 1972 – 1997 Louisiana Democratic 82 years, 136 days
48 Nancy Landon Kassebaum July 29, 1932 1978 – 1997 Kansas Republican 82 years, 87 days
49 John Culver August 8, 1932 1975-1981 Iowa Democratic 82 years, 77 days
50 Bob Packwood September 11, 1932 1969 - 1995 Oregon Republican 82 years, 43 days

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b Did not die on this date; an older senator took office.
  2. ^ a b c Was the oldest-living senator immediately upon taking office.
  3. ^ Held position the longest at 26 years and 115 days; second is Cornelius Cole at 15 years and 299 days.
  4. ^ a b Became the oldest-living senator during service in the Senate.