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Richard B. Russell, Jr.
November 2, 1897 Richard B. Russell, Jr., who was governor, U. S. Senator and presidential candidate in 1952, is born in Winder, GA
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July 8, 1920 Richard B. "Dick" Russell, Jr. announces his candidacy for the Georgia House from his home district
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September 9, 1920 Russell elected to the Georgia House
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June 27, 1923 Russell is nominated to become Speaker pro tem of the Georgia House of Representatives. He is elected unanimously.
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September 10, 1930 Russell, running for Governor of Georgia against a field of five candidates, receives a plurality of votes, but less than 50%, forcing the election into a runoff.
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October 1, 1930 Russell wins the gubernatorial run-off against George Carswell
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December 9, 1930 Air service from Atlanta to New York inaugurated with a who's who list of names including New York Governor Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Georgia Gov-elect Richard B. Russell, U.S. Senator Walter George (Georgia), and Ernie Pyle. Regular service began the following day.
  Atlanta, Georgia (1900-2000)
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  Franklin Delano Roosevelt
June 27, 1931 Richard B. Russell, Jr. takes the oath of office for Governor of Georgia, administered by his father, Chief Justice of the Georgia Supreme Court, Richard B. Russell, Sr.
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January 1, 1932 Reorganization Act of 1931 goes into effect. Georgia, faced with mounting debt because of decreased revenue during the Great Depression, reorganizes a vast bureaucracy into 18 agencies and departments to save money.
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August 20, 1932 While campaigning for the U. S. Senate, Dick Russell is involved in a serious automobile crash near Dublin, Georgia.
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September 14, 1932 Richard B. Russell, Jr., then governor of Georgia, defeats Charles Crisp of Americus, a member of the U. S. House of Representatives, for U. S. Senate. Final totals: 162,745 votes for Russell, 119,193 for Crisp (296 county units to 114 for Crisp). Russell will remain a senator for almost 40 years.
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March 9, 1933 Senator Russell appointed to the powerful Senate Appropriations Committee
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June 26, 1935 Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park is created. The bill, which included an initial appropriation of $100,000 was sponsored by Representative Malcolm C. Tarver and Senator Richard B. Russell
  Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park
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August 26, 1936 A heated race for U. S. Senate featuring current Senator Russell against current Governor Talmadge culminates in Griffin, Georgia where Russell gives "the greatest speech of his career" according to Ralph McGill. Russell threatened to make a Democrat out of "ol' Republican Gene," tore the governor up for calling the CCC a bunch of "bums and loafers," and denied Talmidge's claim that Russell had befriended northern blacks
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  Eugene Talmadge
September 1, 1936 Russell defeats Talmadge during the Democratic primary in race for U. S. Senate, 263,154 to 134,695 (county unit vote-378 to 143).
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  Eugene Talmadge
February 21, 1938 Anti-lynching legislation is defeated in the U. S. Senate. Georgia Senator Russell led the "Southern bloc" against the NAACP supported bill.
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June 4, 1946 President Harry S. Truman signs the (Russell-Ellender) National School Lunch Act into law. The act assured every child of a well-balanced, low-cost meal at school. It was one of Dick Russell's major accomplishments
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September 3, 1947 Ernest Vandiver marries Richard B. Russell's niece, Sybil Elizabeth Russell
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  Ernest Vandiver, Jr.
March 1, 1950 Herman Talmadge, Walter George, Richard B. Russell and William Hartsfield break ground on the Corps of Engineers project, Lake Lanier
  Lake Lanier
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May 3, 1951 Senator Russell opens hearings on President Harry Truman's removal of Douglas MacArthur. The committee chose not to issue a report, defusing a potentially politically dangerous situation for Truman.
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February 28, 1952 U. S. Senator from Georgia Richard B. Russell announces his candidacy for President of the United States.
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March 16, 1952 Russell appears on "Face the Nation."
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April 25, 1952 Russell "officially" begins his campaign with a dinner at Atlanta's Biltmore Hotel
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May 6, 1952 Senator Russell defeats his fellow Senator, Estes Kefauver, gaining an upset victory in the Florida primary
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June 10, 1952 Harry Truman, speaking to Senator Russell, explains that the liberal Democrats in "Chicago, New York, St. Louis and Kansas City" would never vote for him, and "they must be kept in the Democratic Party."
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July 17, 1952 Headlines sweep the nation "Russell for Repeal of Taft-Hartley." (Taft-Hartley was a major piece of legislation that strengthened unions). Russell had said that Taft-Hartley should be supplanted.
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July 21, 1952 The 1952 Democratic Convention is held at Chicago's International Amphitheater. Among the candidates for president are Adlai Stevenson, Averell Harriman, Estes Keefauver, Robert Kerr, and Georgia Senator Richard B. Russell.
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July 24, 1952 On the third ballot, Illinois governor Adlai Stevenson wins the Democratic Presidential nomination.
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January 2, 1953 Russell nominates Lyndon Baines Johnson for minority leader at the Democratic caucus
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November 11, 1953 Richard B. Russell predicts the Supreme Court will end segregation at an Armistice Day gathering in Atlanta
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December 2, 1954 Georgia Senators Russell and George vote to censure Joseph McCarthy of Wisconsin
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November 6, 1955 Russell announces he will not seek the 1956 Democratic nomination for President
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March 12, 1956 Declaration of Constitutional Principles, also known as the "Southern Manifesto," is released to the press. Georgia Senator Richard B. Russell wrote the final draft of the Manifesto, which attacked the Supreme Court ruling on Brown v. Board of Education Topeka. Only three southern Senators refused to sign it: Estes Kefauver, Albert Gore (Sr.) and Lyndon Johnson.
  The Road to Integration
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July 2, 1957 Senator Richard B. Russell speaks on the floor of the U. S. Senate in an attempt to weaken the Civil Rights bill now under consideration. The senator claims the bill will unfairly "punish The South" and claims that President Eisenhower does not understand the full implications of the bill.
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July 3, 1957 President Eisenhower says he wants to study some of the provisions of the Civil Rights bill.
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July 10, 1957 Senator Russell meets with President Eisenhower about the pending Civil Rights legislation
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February 29, 1960 In response to a filibuster organized by Georgia Senator Richard Russell, Majority Leader Lyndon Johnson announces he will keep the Senate in session continuously until a new Civil Rights bill proposed by the Eisenhower administration is passed. A watered-down version of the bill will pass later in the year.
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  The Road to Integration
May 16, 1960 Peyton Hawes, of Elberton, calls Senator Russell with the idea of adding two dams on the Savannah River. Although the idea is tabled, one of the lakes formed by these dams will be named for the senator.
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June 3, 1963 Vice-president Lyndon Baines Johnson tells advises President John F. Kennedy (through a staff member) that "blacks are tired of this patience stuff..." and that Kennedy ought to "sit-down with Russell" and answer every argument he made against civil rights
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  The Road to Integration
June 10, 1963 The Senate votes on cloture on a Civil Rights debate, passing it 71 to 29. This is the first time that the "Southern Bloc" of segregationist senators was defeated trying to block Civil Rights legislation
  The Road to Integration
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November 29, 1963 President Lyndon Johnson issues a call for a committee to investigate the Kennedy assassination. Georgia Senator Richard Russell's name is on the list of members.
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February 2, 1965 Senator Russell rushed to Walter Reed Army Hospital with pulmonary edema
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January 3, 1969 Senator Russell elected president pro tem of the Senate
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January 20, 1969 Georgia Senator Richard B. Russell assumes the chairmanship of the powerful Senate Appropriations Committee.
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January 21, 1971 Richard B. Russell dies, Washington, DC
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November 7, 1972 Richard Nixon defeats George McGovern for President. Georgia votes for Nixon. Democrat Sam Nunn defeats Republican Fletcher Thompson in the U. S. Senate race to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Richard B. Russell
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January 24, 1996 Statue of Richard B. Russell is dedicated, in front of the Richard B. Russell Senate Office Building
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