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Birch Bayh

American lawyer and politician
Bayh in 1963

Birch Evans Bayh, Jr. (January 22, 1928 – March 14, 2019) was an American politician. He served as a United States senator of Indiana.[1] He served as senator from 1963 to 1981. He was a member of the Democratic Party. He was born in Terre Haute, Indiana.

He ran for President of the United States in 1976, but lost to Jimmy Carter during the primary. He was known for co-authoring and introducing Title IX to the Senate.

Bayh authored the twenty-fifth and the twenty-sixth amendments to the United States Constitution. His is the only non-founding father to author two amendments. He also proposed to remove the electoral college and to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment.

Bayh lost his re-election bid in 1980 to future Vice President Dan Quayle with a vote margin of 53.8% to 46.2%.

Bayh's son, Evan, is a former Indiana governor and senator.

Bayh died on March 14, 2019 in Easton, Maryland from pneumonia, aged 91.[2][3]

ReferencesEdit

  1. Cruikshank, Kate. The Art of Leadership; A Companion to an Exhibition from the Senatorial Papers of Birch Bayh. (Indiana University Libraries, 2007)
  2. "Birch Bayh, former Indiana Senator, Title IX author, dies at 91". USA Today. March 14, 2019.
  3. Davies, Tom (March 14, 2019). "Former Sen. Birch Bayh, champion of Title IX, dies at 91". PBS NewsHour. Associated Press. Retrieved March 14, 2019.

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