John C. Stennis

John Cornelius Stennis ( born August 3, 1901 in Kemper County, Mississippi, † April 23, 1995 in Jackson, Mississippi ) was a U.S. Senator from the state of Mississippi.

He studied law and was even selected as a student in the House of Representatives from Mississippi, where he remained until 1932. He was a prosecutor and judge in the state of Mississippi.

Stennis criticized as the first member of the Democratic Party Senator Joseph McCarthy publicly.

He is considered the father of modern American Navy, primarily through his work in the Armed Services Committee of the Senate of 1969 until 1980. The Navy thanked him this, she named a modern aircraft carrier, the USS John C. Stennis, according to him. Also, the John C. Stennis Space Center, the John C. Stennis National Student Congress and the John C. Stennis - lock together with the associated dam should remember him.

Stennis ' political career lasted 60 years, during which he never had to suffer a defeat. His career in the Senate was 41 years and two months, one of the longest in history. In 1988, he finally did not stand for re -election and was succeeded by Republican Trent Lott. Stennis then taught at Mississippi State University. As a convinced racist, he was against the civil rights movement and equality for black citizens. He was a signatory to the racist Southern Manifesto. During his time as a prosecutor, he advocated for the execution of blacks who had been tortured during interrogation that Stennis was also aware. Later changed his attitude to electoral rights of blacks. He voted against the creation of the Martin Luther King Memorial Day, however, supported the candidacy of Mike Espy, who was black congressman.