List of longest-living United States Senators

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This page contains a list of the longest-living United States Senators among those currently living (incumbent 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 Ernest Hollings. The oldest sitting senator is Dianne Feinstein (born 1933). The longest-lived senator in history is Cornelius Cole, who died at 102.

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 December 8, 2016 John Glenn Ohio July 18, 1921 (aged 93–95)
December 8, 2016 Present Ernest Hollings South Carolina January 1, 1922 (aged 94–95)

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 Ernest Hollings January 1, 1922 1966–2005 South Carolina Democratic 95 years, 178 days
2 Jocelyn Burdick February 6, 1922 1992 North Dakota Democratic 95 years, 142 days
3 Paul Laxalt August 2, 1922 1974–1987 Nevada Republican 94 years, 330 days
4 James L. Buckley March 9, 1923 1971–1977 New York Conservative 94 years, 111 days
5 Bob Dole July 22, 1923 1969–1996 Kansas Republican 93 years, 341 days
6 John Melcher September 6, 1924 1977–1989 Montana Democratic 92 years, 295 days
7 Daniel Akaka September 11, 1924 1990–2013 Hawaii Democratic 92 years, 290 days
8 Daniel J. Evans October 16, 1925 1983–1989 Washington Republican 91 years, 255 days
9 Maryon Pittman Allen November 30, 1925 1978 Alabama Democratic 91 years, 210 days
10 Harris Wofford April 9, 1926 1991–1995 Pennsylvania Democratic 91 years, 80 days
11 Walter Huddleston April 15, 1926 1973–1985 Kentucky Democratic 91 years, 74 days
12 Mark Andrews May 19, 1926 1981–1987 North Dakota Republican 91 years, 40 days
13 John Warner February 18, 1927 1979–2009 Virginia Republican 90 years, 130 days
14 Jim Broyhill August 19, 1927 1986 North Carolina Republican 89 years, 313 days
15 Walter Mondale January 5, 1928 1964–1976 Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor 89 years, 174 days
16 Slade Gorton January 8, 1928 1981–1987,
1989–2001
Washington Republican 89 years, 171 days
17 Lauch Faircloth January 14, 1928 1993–1999 North Carolina Republican 89 years, 165 days
18 Birch Bayh January 22, 1928 1963–1981 Indiana Democratic 89 years, 157 days
19 Joseph Tydings May 4, 1928 1965–1971 Maryland Democratic 89 years, 55 days
20 Dick Clark September 14, 1928 1973–1979 Iowa Democratic 88 years, 287 days
21 Richard Stone September 22, 1928 1975–1981 Florida Democratic 88 years, 279 days
22 Roger Jepsen December 23, 1928 1979–1985 Iowa Republican 88 years, 187 days
23 Elaine Edwards March 8, 1929 1972 Louisiana Democratic 88 years, 112 days
24 David H. Gambrell December 20, 1929 1971–1972 Georgia Democratic 87 years, 190 days
25 Nicholas F. Brady April 11, 1930 1982 New Jersey Republican 87 years, 78 days
26 Mike Gravel May 13, 1930 1969–1981 Alaska Democratic 87 years, 46 days
27 Adlai Stevenson III October 10, 1930 1970–1981 Illinois Democratic 86 years, 261 days
28 Rudy Boschwitz November 7, 1930 1978–1991 Minnesota Republican 86 years, 233 days
29 Fred R. Harris November 13, 1930 1964–1973 Oklahoma Democratic 86 years, 227 days
30 Bill Brock November 23, 1930 1971–1977 Tennessee Republican 86 years, 217 days
31 Mack Mattingly January 7, 1931 1981–1987 Georgia Republican 86 years, 172 days
32 James Abourezk February 24, 1931 1973–1979 South Dakota Democratic 86 years, 124 days
33 Lowell P. Weicker, Jr. May 16, 1931 1971–1989 Connecticut Republican 86 years, 43 days
34 Alan K. Simpson September 2, 1931 1979–1997 Wyoming Republican 85 years, 299 days
35 Zell Miller February 24, 1932 2000–2005 Georgia Democratic 85 years, 124 days
36 Richard Lugar April 4, 1932 1977–2013 Indiana Republican 85 years, 85 days
37 Pete Domenici May 7, 1932 1973–2009 New Mexico Republican 85 years, 52 days
38 J. Bennett Johnston Jr. June 10, 1932 1972–1997 Louisiana Democratic 85 years, 18 days
39 Nancy Landon Kassebaum July 29, 1932 1978–1997 Kansas Republican 84 years, 334 days
40 John Culver August 8, 1932 1975–1981 Iowa Democratic 84 years, 324 days
41 Bob Packwood September 11, 1932 1969–1995 Oregon Republican 84 years, 290 days
42 Jake Garn October 12, 1932 1974–1993 Utah Republican 84 years, 259 days
43 Paul Sarbanes February 3, 1933 1977–2007 Maryland Democratic 84 years, 145 days
44 Frank Murkowski March 28, 1933 1981–2002 Alaska Republican 84 years, 92 days
45 Ben Nighthorse Campbell April 13, 1933 1993–2005 Colorado Democratic, later Republican 84 years, 76 days
46 Dianne Feinstein June 22, 1933 1992–present California Democratic 84 years, 6 days
47 George J. Mitchell August 20, 1933 1980–1995 Maine Democratic 83 years, 312 days
48 Pete Wilson August 23, 1933 1983–1991 California Republican 83 years, 309 days
49 Chuck Grassley September 17, 1933 1981–present Iowa Republican 83 years, 284 days
50 Jean Carnahan December 20, 1933 2001–2002 Missouri Democratic 83 years, 190 days
51 Orrin Hatch March 22, 1934 1977–present Utah Republican 83 years, 98 days
52 Richard Shelby May 6, 1934 1987–present Alabama Democratic, later Republican 83 years, 53 days
53 John V. Tunney June 26, 1934 1971–1977 California Democratic 83 years, 2 days
54 Carl Levin June 28, 1934 1979–2015 Michigan Democratic 83 years, 0 days
55 David Durenberger August 19, 1934 1978–1995 Minnesota Republican 82 years, 313 days
56 David Pryor August 29, 1934 1979–1997 Arkansas Democratic 82 years, 303 days
57 Jim Inhofe November 17, 1934 1994–present Oklahoma Republican 82 years, 223 days
58 Herb Kohl February 7, 1935 1989–2013 Wisconsin Democratic 82 years, 141 days
59 Harrison Schmitt July 3, 1935 1977–1983 New Mexico Republican 81 years, 360 days
60 Bob Krueger September 19, 1935 1993 Texas Democratic 81 years, 282 days
61 Pat Roberts April 20, 1936 1997–present Kansas Republican 81 years, 69 days
62 Barbara Mikulski July 20, 1936 1987–2017 Maryland Democratic 80 years, 343 days
63 Elizabeth Dole July 29, 1936 2003–2009 North Carolina Republican 80 years, 334 days
64 John McCain August 29, 1936 1987–present Arizona Republican 80 years, 303 days
65 John Danforth September 5, 1936 1976–1995 Missouri Republican 80 years, 296 days
66 Jim Sasser September 30, 1936 1977–1995 Tennessee Democratic 80 years, 271 days
67 Bob Graham November 9, 1936 1987–2005 Florida Democratic 80 years, 231 days
68 Gary Hart November 28, 1936 1975–1987 Colorado Democratic 80 years, 212 days
69 Dennis DeConcini May 8, 1937 1977–1995 Arizona Democratic 80 years, 51 days
70 Jay Rockefeller June 18, 1937 1985–2015 West Virginia Democratic 80 years, 10 days
71 Richard Bryan July 16, 1937 1989–2001 Nevada Democratic 79 years, 347 days
72 Al D'Amato August 1, 1937 1981–1999 New York Republican 79 years, 331 days
73 Roland Burris August 3, 1937 2009–2010 Illinois Democratic 79 years, 329 days
77 John F. Seymour December 3, 1937 1991–1992 California Republican 79 years, 207 days
75 Thad Cochran December 7, 1937 1978–present Mississippi Republican 79 years, 203 days
76 Paul G. Kirk January 18, 1938 2009–2010 Massachusetts Democratic 79 years, 161 days
77 Donald W. Riegle Jr. February 4, 1938 1976–1995 Michigan Democratic 79 years, 144 days
78 Steve Symms April 23, 1938 1981–1993 Idaho Republican 79 years, 66 days
79 Kaneaster Hodges Jr. August 20, 1938 1977–1979 Arkansas Democratic 78 years, 312 days
80 Sam Nunn September 8, 1938 1972–1997 Georgia Democratic 78 years, 293 days
81 Kit Bond March 6, 1939 1987–2011 Missouri Republican 78 years, 114 days
82 Ted Kaufman March 15, 1939 2009–2010 Delaware Democratic 78 years, 105 days
83 Chuck Robb June 26, 1939 1989–2001 Virginia Democratic 78 years, 2 days
84 Tim Wirth September 22, 1939 1987–1993 Colorado Democratic 77 years, 279 days
85 Tom Harkin November 19, 1939 1985–2015 Iowa Democratic 77 years, 221 days
86 Harry Reid December 2, 1939 1987–2017 Nevada Democratic 77 years, 208 days
87 Donald W. Stewart February 8, 1940 1978–1981 Alabama Democratic 77 years, 140 days
88 Hank Brown February 12, 1940 1991–1997 Colorado Republican 77 years, 136 days
89 Patrick Leahy March 31, 1940 1975–present Vermont Democratic 77 years, 89 days
90 Lamar Alexander July 3, 1940 2003–present Tennessee Republican 76 years, 360 days
91 William Cohen August 28, 1940 1979–1997 Maine Republican 76 years, 304 days
92 Wyche Fowler October 6, 1940 1987–1993 Georgia Democratic 76 years, 265 days
93 Gordon J. Humphrey October 9, 1940 1979–1990 New Hampshire Republican 76 years, 262 days
94 Connie Mack III October 29, 1940 1989–2001 Florida Republican 76 years, 242 days
95 Barbara Boxer November 11, 1940 1993–2017 California Democratic 76 years, 229 days
96 Robert C. Smith March 30, 1941 1990–2003 New Hampshire Republican 76 years, 90 days
97 David L. Boren April 21, 1941 1979–1994 Oklahoma Democratic 76 years, 68 days
98 Ben Nelson May 17, 1941 2001–2013 Nebraska Democratic 76 years, 42 days
99 Bernie Sanders September 8, 1941 2007–present Vermont Independent 75 years, 293 days
100 Trent Lott October 9, 1941 1989–2007 Mississippi Republican 75 years, 262 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.