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, 210 days
2 Ernest Hollings January 1, 1922 1966 – 2005 South Carolina Democratic 94 years, 43 days
3 Jocelyn Burdick February 6, 1922 1992 - 1992 North Dakota Democratic 94 years, 7 days
4 Paul Laxalt August 2, 1922 1974 – 1987 Nevada Republican 93 years, 195 days
5 James L. Buckley March 9, 1923 1971 – 1977 New York Conservative 92 years, 341 days
6 Bob Dole July 22, 1923 1969 – 1996 Kansas Republican 92 years, 206 days
7 John Melcher September 6, 1924 1977 – 1989 Montana Democratic 91 years, 160 days
8 Daniel Akaka September 11, 1924 1990 – 2013 Hawaii Democratic 91 years, 155 days
9 Robert Burren Morgan October 5, 1925 1975 – 1981 North Carolina Democratic 90 years, 131 days
10 Daniel J. Evans October 16, 1925 1983 – 1989 Washington Republican 90 years, 120 days
11 Maryon Pittman Allen November 30, 1925 1978 Alabama Democratic 90 years, 75 days
12 Harris Wofford April 9, 1926 1991 – 1995 Pennsylvania Democratic 89 years, 310 days
13 Walter Huddleston April 15, 1926 1973 – 1985 Kentucky Democratic 89 years, 304 days
14 Mark Andrews May 19, 1926 1981 – 1987 North Dakota Republican 89 years, 270 days
15 John Warner February 18, 1927 1979 – 2009 Virginia Republican 88 years, 360 days
16 Jim Broyhill August 19, 1927 1986 North Carolina Republican 88 years, 178 days
17 Walter Mondale January 5, 1928 1964 – 1977 Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor 88 years, 39 days
18 Slade Gorton January 8, 1928 1981 – 1987,
1989 – 2001
Washington Republican 88 years, 36 days
19 Lauch Faircloth January 14, 1928 1993 – 1999 North Carolina Republican 88 years, 30 days
20 Birch Bayh January 22, 1928 1963 – 1981 Indiana Democratic 88 years, 22 days
21 Joseph Tydings May 4, 1928 1965 – 1971 Maryland Democratic 87 years, 285 days
22 Dick Clark September 14, 1928 1973 – 1979 Iowa Democratic 87 years, 152 days
23 Richard Stone September 22, 1928 1975 – 1981 Florida Democratic 87 years, 144 days
24 Roger Jepsen December 23, 1928 1979 – 1985 Iowa Republican 87 years, 52 days
25 Elaine Edwards March 8, 1929 1972 Louisiana Democratic 86 years, 342 days
26 David H. Gambrell December 20, 1929 1971 – 1972 Georgia Democratic 86 years, 55 days
27 Nicholas F. Brady April 11, 1930 1982 New Jersey Republican 85 years, 308 days
28 Mike Gravel May 13, 1930 1969 – 1981 Alaska Democratic 85 years, 276 days
29 Adlai Stevenson III October 10, 1930 1970 – 1981 Illinois Democratic 85 years, 126 days
30 Rudy Boschwitz November 7, 1930 1978 – 1991 Minnesota Republican 85 years, 98 days
31 Fred R. Harris November 13, 1930 1964 – 1973 Oklahoma Democratic 85 years, 92 days
32 Bill Brock November 23, 1930 1971 – 1977 Tennessee Republican 85 years, 82 days
33 Mack Mattingly January 7, 1931 1981 – 1987 Georgia Republican 85 years, 37 days
34 James Abourezk February 24, 1931 1973 – 1979 South Dakota Democratic 84 years, 354 days
35 Lowell P. Weicker, Jr. May 16, 1931 1971 – 1989 Connecticut Republican 84 years, 273 days
36 Alan K. Simpson September 2, 1931 1979 – 1997 Wyoming Republican 84 years, 164 days
37 Jim Bunning October 23, 1931 1999 – 2011 Kentucky Republican 84 years, 113 days
38 Zell Miller February 24, 1932 2000 – 2005 Georgia Democratic 83 years, 354 days
39 Richard Lugar April 4, 1932 1977 – 2013 Indiana Republican 83 years, 315 days
40 Pete Domenici May 7, 1932 1973 – 2009 New Mexico Republican 83 years, 282 days
41 J. Bennett Johnston, Jr. June 10, 1932 1972 – 1997 Louisiana Democratic 83 years, 248 days
42 Nancy Landon Kassebaum July 29, 1932 1978 – 1997 Kansas Republican 83 years, 199 days
43 John Culver August 8, 1932 1975 – 1981 Iowa Democratic 83 years, 189 days
44 Bob Packwood September 11, 1932 1969 – 1995 Oregon Republican 83 years, 155 days
45 Jake Garn October 12, 1932 1974 – 1993 Utah Republican 83 years, 124 days
46 Wendell Anderson February 1, 1933 1976 – 1978 Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor 83 years, 12 days
47 Paul Sarbanes February 3, 1933 1977 – 2007 Maryland Democratic 83 years, 10 days
48 Frank Murkowski March 28, 1933 1981 – 2002 Alaska Republican 82 years, 322 days
49 Ben Nighthorse Campbell April 13, 1933 1993 – 2005 Colorado Republican 82 years, 306 days
50 Dianne Feinstein June 22, 1933 1992 – present California Democratic 82 years, 236 days
51 George J. Mitchell August 20, 1933 1980 – 1995 Maine Democratic 82 years, 177 days
52 Pete Wilson August 23, 1933 1983 – 1991 California Republican 82 years, 174 days
53 Chuck Grassley September 17, 1933 1981 – present Iowa Republican 82 years, 149 days
54 Bob Bennett September 18, 1933 1993 – 2011 Utah Republican 82 years, 148 days
55 Jean Carnahan December 20, 1933 2001 – 2002 Missouri Democratic 82 years, 55 days
56 Orrin Hatch March 22, 1934 1977 – present Utah Republican 81 years, 328 days
57 Richard Shelby May 6, 1934 1987 – present Alabama Republican 81 years, 283 days
58 John V. Tunney June 26, 1934 1971 – 1977 California Democratic 81 years, 232 days
59 Carl Levin June 28, 1934 1979 – 2015 Michigan Democratic 81 years, 230 days
60 David Durenberger August 19, 1934 1978 – 1995 Minnesota Republican 81 years, 178 days
61 David Pryor August 29, 1934 1979 – 1997 Arkansas Democratic 81 years, 168 days
62 Jim Inhofe November 17, 1934 1994 – present Oklahoma Republican 81 years, 88 days
63 Conrad Burns January 25, 1935 1989 – 2007 Montana Republican 81 years, 19 days
64 Herb Kohl February 7, 1935 1989 – 2013 Wisconsin Democratic 81 years, 6 days
65 Harrison Schmitt July 3, 1935 1977 – 1983 New Mexico Republican 80 years, 225 days
66 Bob Krueger September 19, 1935 1993 Texas Democratic 80 years, 147 days
67 Pat Roberts April 20, 1936 1997 – present Kansas Republican 79 years, 299 days
68 George Voinovich July 15, 1936 1999 – 2011 Ohio Republican 79 years, 213 days
69 Barbara Mikulski July 20, 1936 1987 – present Maryland Democratic 79 years, 208 days
70 Elizabeth Dole July 29, 1936 2003 – 2009 North Carolina Republican 79 years, 199 days
71 John McCain August 29, 1936 1987 – present Arizona Republican 79 years, 168 days
72 John Danforth September 5, 1936 1976 – 1995 Missouri Republican 79 years, 161 days
73 Jim Sasser September 30, 1936 1977 – 1995 Tennessee Democratic 79 years, 136 days
74 Bob Graham November 9, 1936 1987 – 2005 Florida Democratic 79 years, 96 days
75 Gary Hart November 28, 1936 1975 – 1987 Colorado Democratic 79 years, 77 days
76 William L. Armstrong March 16, 1937 1979 – 1991 Colorado Republican 78 years, 334 days
77 Dennis DeConcini May 8, 1937 1977 – 1995 Arizona Democratic 78 years, 281 days
78 Jay Rockefeller June 18, 1937 1985 – 2015 West Virginia Democratic 78 years, 240 days
79 Richard Bryan July 16, 1937 1989 – 2001 Nevada Democratic 78 years, 212 days
80 Al D'Amato August 1, 1937 1981 – 1999 New York Republican 78 years, 196 days
81 Roland Burris August 3, 1937 2009 – 2010 Illinois Democratic 78 years, 194 days
82 John F. Seymour December 3, 1937 1991 – 1992 California Republican 78 years, 72 days
83 Thad Cochran December 7, 1937 1978 – present Mississippi Republican 78 years, 68 days
84 Paul G. Kirk January 18, 1938 2009 – 2010 Massachusetts Democratic 78 years, 26 days
85 Donald W. Riegle, Jr. February 4, 1938 1976 – 1995 Michigan Democratic 78 years, 9 days
86 Steve Symms April 23, 1938 1981 – 1993 Idaho Republican 77 years, 296 days
87 Kaneaster Hodges, Jr. August 20, 1938 1977 – 1979 Arkansas Democratic 77 years, 177 days
88 Sam Nunn September 8, 1938 1972 – 1997 Georgia Democratic 77 years, 158 days
89 Kit Bond March 6, 1939 1987 – 2011 Missouri Republican 76 years, 344 days
90 Ted Kaufman March 15, 1939 2009 – 2010 Delaware Democratic 76 years, 335 days
91 Chuck Robb June 26, 1939 1989 – 2001 Virginia Democratic 76 years, 232 days
92 Tim Wirth September 22, 1939 1987 – 1993 Colorado Democratic 76 years, 144 days
93 Tom Harkin November 19, 1939 1985 – 2015 Iowa Democratic 76 years, 86 days
94 Harry Reid December 2, 1939 1987 – present Nevada Democratic 76 years, 73 days
95 Donald W. Stewart February 8, 1940 1978 – 1981 Alabama Democratic 76 years, 5 days
96 Hank Brown February 12, 1940 1991 – 1997 Colorado Republican 76 years, 1 day
97 Patrick Leahy March 31, 1940 1975 – present Vermont Democratic 75 years, 319 days
98 Lamar Alexander July 3, 1940 2003 – present Tennessee Republican 75 years, 225 days
99 William Cohen August 28, 1940 1979 – 1997 Maine Republican 75 years, 169 days
100 Wyche Fowler October 6, 1940 1987 – 1993 Georgia Democratic 75 years, 130 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.