John Sherman Cooper

American politician, jurist, and diplomat (1901–1991)

John Sherman Cooper (August 23, 1901 – February 21, 1991) was an American politician, jurist, and diplomat from the U.S. state of Kentucky. He served three non-consecutive terms in the United States Senate before being elected to two full terms in 1960 and 1966.

John Sherman Cooper
2nd United States Ambassador to East Germany
In office
December 20, 1974 – September 28, 1976
PresidentGerald Ford
Preceded byBrandon Grove
Succeeded byDavid B. Bolen
United States Senator
from Kentucky
In office
November 7, 1956 – January 3, 1973
Preceded byRobert Humphreys
Succeeded byWalter Dee Huddleston
In office
November 5, 1952 – January 3, 1955
Preceded byThomas R. Underwood
Succeeded byAlben Barkley
In office
November 6, 1946 – January 3, 1949
Preceded byWilliam A. Stanfill
Succeeded byVirgil Chapman
5th United States Ambassador to India
In office
February 4, 1955 – April 9, 1956
PresidentDwight D. Eisenhower
Preceded byGeorge V. Allen
Succeeded byEllsworth Bunker
Personal details
Born(1901-08-23)August 23, 1901
Somerset, Kentucky
DiedFebruary 21, 1991(1991-02-21) (aged 89)
Washington, D.C.
Political partyRepublican
Evelyn Pfaff (m. 1944–1947)

Lorraine Rowan Shevlin (m. 1955–1985)
Alma materCentre College
Yale University
Harvard Law School
AwardsBronze Star Medal
SignatureJohn Sherman Cooper
Military service
Branch/serviceUnited States Army
Years of service1942–1946
Unit15th Corps, U.S. Third Army
Battles/warsWorld War II

He also served as U.S. Ambassador to India from 1955 to 1956 and U.S. Ambassador to East Germany from 1974 to 1976. He was the first Republican to be popularly elected to more than one term as a senator from Kentucky and, in both 1960 and 1966. He set records for the largest victory margin for a Kentucky senatorial candidate from either party.

Further reading

  • Cooper, William (Spring 1986). "John Sherman Cooper: A Senator and His Constituents". Register of the Kentucky Historical Society. 84: 192–210.
  • Mitchener, Clarice James (1982). Senator John Sherman Cooper: Consummate Statesman. New York City: Arno Press. ISBN 0-405-14099-1.

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