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 John Glenn. 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 January 3, 2015 Edward Brooke Massachusetts October 26, 1919 (aged 93–95)
January 3, 2015 living John Glenn Ohio July 18, 1921 (age 93-94)

Oldest senators currently living[edit]

This is a list of the 100 eldest senators, current or former, currently living.

Rank Senator Date of birth Senate term State served Party Age (years, days)
1 John Glenn July 18, 1921 1974 – 1999 Ohio Democratic 94 years, 44 days
2 Ernest Hollings January 1, 1922 1966 – 2005 South Carolina Democratic 93 years, 242 days
3 Jocelyn Burdick February 6, 1922 1992 - 1992 North Dakota Democratic 93 years, 206 days
4 Paul Laxalt August 2, 1922 1974 – 1987 Nevada Republican 93 years, 29 days
5 James L. Buckley March 9, 1923 1971 – 1977 New York Conservative 92 years, 175 days
6 Bob Dole July 22, 1923 1969 – 1996 Kansas Republican 92 years, 40 days
7 John Melcher September 6, 1924 1977 – 1989 Montana Democratic 90 years, 359 days
8 Daniel Akaka September 11, 1924 1990 – 2013 Hawaii Democratic 90 years, 354 days
9 Dale Bumpers August 12, 1925 1975 – 1999 Arkansas Democratic 90 years, 19 days
10 Robert Burren Morgan October 5, 1925 1975 – 1981 North Carolina Democratic 89 years, 330 days
11 Daniel J. Evans October 16, 1925 1983 – 1989 Washington Republican 89 years, 319 days
12 Maryon Pittman Allen November 30, 1925 1978 Alabama Democratic 89 years, 274 days
13 Harris Wofford April 9, 1926 1991 – 1995 Pennsylvania Democratic 89 years, 144 days
14 Walter Huddleston April 15, 1926 1973 – 1985 Kentucky Democratic 89 years, 138 days
15 Mark Andrews May 19, 1926 1981 – 1987 North Dakota Republican 89 years, 104 days
16 Marlow Cook July 27, 1926 1968 – 1974 Kentucky Republican 89 years, 35 days
17 John Warner February 18, 1927 1979 – 2009 Virginia Republican 88 years, 194 days
18 Jim Broyhill August 19, 1927 1986 North Carolina Republican 88 years, 12 days
19 Walter Mondale January 5, 1928 1964 – 1977 Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor 87 years, 238 days
20 Slade Gorton January 8, 1928 1981 – 1987,
1989 – 2001
Washington Republican 87 years, 235 days
21 Lauch Faircloth January 14, 1928 1993 – 1999 North Carolina Republican 87 years, 229 days
22 Birch Bayh January 22, 1928 1963 – 1981 Indiana Democratic 87 years, 221 days
23 Joseph Tydings May 4, 1928 1965 – 1971 Maryland Democratic 87 years, 119 days
24 Dick Clark September 14, 1928 1973 – 1979 Iowa Democratic 86 years, 351 days
25 Richard Stone September 22, 1928 1975 – 1981 Florida Democratic 86 years, 343 days
26 Roger Jepsen December 23, 1928 1979 – 1985 Iowa Republican 86 years, 251 days
27 Elaine Edwards March 8, 1929 1972 Louisiana Democratic 86 years, 176 days
28 David H. Gambrell December 20, 1929 1971 – 1972 Georgia Democratic 85 years, 254 days
29 Nicholas F. Brady April 11, 1930 1982 New Jersey Republican 85 years, 142 days
30 Mike Gravel May 13, 1930 1969 – 1981 Alaska Democratic 85 years, 110 days
31 Adlai Stevenson III October 10, 1930 1970 – 1981 Illinois Democratic 84 years, 325 days
32 Rudy Boschwitz November 7, 1930 1978 – 1991 Minnesota Republican 84 years, 297 days
33 Fred R. Harris November 13, 1930 1964 – 1973 Oklahoma Democratic 84 years, 291 days
34 Bill Brock November 23, 1930 1971 – 1977 Tennessee Republican 84 years, 281 days
35 Mack Mattingly January 7, 1931 1981 – 1987 Georgia Republican 84 years, 236 days
36 James Abourezk February 24, 1931 1973 – 1979 South Dakota Democratic 84 years, 188 days
37 Lowell P. Weicker, Jr. May 16, 1931 1971 – 1989 Connecticut Republican 84 years, 107 days
38 Alan K. Simpson September 2, 1931 1979 – 1997 Wyoming Republican 83 years, 363 days
39 Jim Bunning October 23, 1931 1999 – 2011 Kentucky Republican 83 years, 312 days
40 Zell Miller February 24, 1932 2000 – 2005 Georgia Democratic 83 years, 188 days
41 Richard Lugar April 4, 1932 1977 – 2013 Indiana Republican 83 years, 149 days
42 Pete Domenici May 7, 1932 1973 – 2009 New Mexico Republican 83 years, 116 days
43 J. Bennett Johnston, Jr. June 10, 1932 1972 – 1997 Louisiana Democratic 83 years, 82 days
44 Nancy Landon Kassebaum July 29, 1932 1978 – 1997 Kansas Republican 83 years, 33 days
45 John Culver August 8, 1932 1975 – 1981 Iowa Democratic 83 years, 23 days
46 Bob Packwood September 11, 1932 1969 – 1995 Oregon Republican 82 years, 354 days
47 Jake Garn October 12, 1932 1974 – 1993 Utah Republican 82 years, 323 days
48 Wendell Anderson February 1, 1933 1976 – 1978 Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor 82 years, 211 days
49 Paul Sarbanes February 3, 1933 1977 – 2007 Maryland Democratic 82 years, 209 days
50 Frank Murkowski March 28, 1933 1981 – 2002 Alaska Republican 82 years, 156 days
51 Ben Nighthorse Campbell April 13, 1933 1993 – 2005 Colorado Republican 82 years, 140 days
52 Dianne Feinstein June 22, 1933 1992 – present California Democratic 82 years, 70 days
53 George J. Mitchell August 20, 1933 1980 – 1995 Maine Democratic 82 years, 11 days
54 Pete Wilson August 23, 1933 1983 – 1991 California Republican 82 years, 8 days
55 Chuck Grassley September 17, 1933 1981 – present Iowa Republican 81 years, 348 days
56 Bob Bennett September 18, 1933 1993 – 2011 Utah Republican 81 years, 347 days
57 Jean Carnahan December 20, 1933 2001 – 2002 Missouri Democratic 81 years, 254 days
58 Orrin Hatch March 22, 1934 1977 – present Utah Republican 81 years, 162 days
59 Richard Shelby May 6, 1934 1987 – present Alabama Republican 81 years, 117 days
60 John V. Tunney June 26, 1934 1971 – 1977 California Democratic 81 years, 66 days
61 Carl Levin June 28, 1934 1979 – 2015 Michigan Democratic 81 years, 64 days
62 David Durenberger August 19, 1934 1978 – 1995 Minnesota Republican 81 years, 12 days
63 David Pryor August 29, 1934 1979 – 1997 Arkansas Democratic 81 years, 2 days
64 Jim Inhofe November 17, 1934 1994 – present Oklahoma Republican 80 years, 287 days
65 Conrad Burns January 25, 1935 1989 – 2007 Montana Republican 80 years, 218 days
66 Herb Kohl February 7, 1935 1989 – 2013 Wisconsin Democratic 80 years, 205 days
67 Harrison Schmitt July 3, 1935 1977 – 1983 New Mexico Republican 80 years, 59 days
68 Bob Krueger September 19, 1935 1993 Texas Democratic 79 years, 346 days
69 Pat Roberts April 20, 1936 1997 – present Kansas Republican 79 years, 133 days
70 George Voinovich July 15, 1936 1999 – 2011 Ohio Republican 79 years, 47 days
71 Barbara Mikulski July 20, 1936 1987 – present Maryland Democratic 79 years, 42 days
72 Elizabeth Dole July 29, 1936 2003 – 2009 North Carolina Republican 79 years, 33 days
73 John McCain August 29, 1936 1987 – present Arizona Republican 79 years, 2 days
74 John Danforth September 5, 1936 1976 – 1995 Missouri Republican 78 years, 360 days
75 Jim Sasser September 30, 1936 1977 – 1995 Tennessee Democratic 78 years, 335 days
76 Bob Graham November 9, 1936 1987 – 2005 Florida Democratic 78 years, 295 days
77 Gary Hart November 28, 1936 1975 – 1987 Colorado Democratic 78 years, 276 days
78 William L. Armstrong March 16, 1937 1979 – 1991 Colorado Republican 78 years, 168 days
79 Dennis DeConcini May 8, 1937 1977 – 1995 Arizona Democratic 78 years, 115 days
80 Jay Rockefeller June 18, 1937 1985 – 2015 West Virginia Democratic 78 years, 74 days
81 Richard Bryan July 16, 1937 1989 – 2001 Nevada Democratic 78 years, 46 days
82 Al D'Amato August 1, 1937 1981 – 1999 New York Republican 78 years, 30 days
83 Roland Burris August 3, 1937 2009 – 2010 Illinois Democratic 78 years, 28 days
84 John F. Seymour December 3, 1937 1991 – 1992 California Republican 77 years, 271 days
85 Thad Cochran December 7, 1937 1978 – present Mississippi Republican 77 years, 267 days
86 Paul G. Kirk January 18, 1938 2009 – 2010 Massachusetts Democratic 77 years, 225 days
87 Donald W. Riegle, Jr. February 4, 1938 1976 – 1995 Michigan Democratic 77 years, 208 days
88 Steve Symms April 23, 1938 1981 – 1993 Idaho Republican 77 years, 130 days
89 Kaneaster Hodges, Jr. August 20, 1938 1977 – 1979 Arkansas Democratic 77 years, 11 days
90 Sam Nunn September 8, 1938 1972 – 1997 Georgia Democratic 76 years, 357 days
91 Kit Bond March 6, 1939 1987 – 2011 Missouri Republican 76 years, 178 days
92 Ted Kaufman March 15, 1939 2009 – 2010 Delaware Democratic 76 years, 169 days
93 Chuck Robb June 26, 1939 1989 – 2001 Virginia Democratic 76 years, 66 days
94 Tim Wirth September 22, 1939 1987 – 1993 Colorado Democratic 75 years, 343 days
95 Tom Harkin November 19, 1939 1985 – 2015 Iowa Democratic 75 years, 285 days
96 Harry Reid December 2, 1939 1987 – present Nevada Democratic 75 years, 272 days
97 Donald W. Stewart February 8, 1940 1978 – 1981 Alabama Democratic 75 years, 204 days
98 Hank Brown February 12, 1940 1991 – 1997 Colorado Republican 75 years, 200 days
99 Patrick Leahy March 31, 1940 1975 – present Vermont Democratic 75 years, 153 days
100 Lamar Alexander July 3, 1940 2003 – present Tennessee Republican 75 years, 59 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.