John N. Heiskell
|John Netherland Heiskell|
|United States Senator
January 6, 1913 – January 29, 1913
|Appointed by||George Washington Donaghey|
|Preceded by||Jeff Davis|
|Succeeded by||William M. Kavanaugh|
November 2, 1872|
|Died||December 28, 1972 (aged 100)
Little Rock, Arkansas
He was born on November 2, 1872 in Rogersville, Tennessee.
He served as Senator from Arkansas for a period of just 23 days, from January 6 to January 29, 1913, which remains a record for shortest period of service in the US Senate. He was appointed by Governor George Washington Donaghey to fill the vacancy caused by the death of then Senator Jeff Davis.
Heiskell was a publisher by trade. He owned and edited the Arkansas Gazette from 1902 until his death. The paper garnered two Pulitzer Prizes (one for Meritorious Public Service in 1958) under his editorship. In 1958, Heiskell received the Elijah Parish Lovejoy Award as well as an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Colby College. He was also President of Gazette Publishing Co.
He died on December 28, 1972 in Little Rock, Arkansas.
Despite his short time in the Senate, Heiskell's longevity eventually made him, not only the oldest living former Senator, but also the last surviving person to have been a Senator in the 1910s.
- Marvin Byrd, A Unionist in East Tennessee: Captain William K. Byrd and the Mysterious Raid of 1861 (The History Press, 2011), pp. 87, 137.
- Nathania Sawyer and John Thompson, "John Netherland Heiskell," Encyclopedia of Arkansas History and Culture, 2012. Retrieved: 26 April 2013.
- United States Congress. "John N. Heiskell (id: H000457)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
- John N. Heiskell at Find a Grave
|U.S. Senator (Class 2) from Arkansas
January 6, 1913–January 29, 1913
Served alongside: James Clarke
William M. Kavanaugh
|Most Senior Living U.S. Senator
(Sitting or Former)
January 5, 1960 – December 28, 1972
Burton K. Wheeler
and Clarence Dill
|Oldest living U.S. Senator
May 19, 1966 – December 28, 1972