John Warner

American lawyer and politician (1927–2021)

John William Warner, Jr. (February 18, 1927 – May 25, 2021) was an American Republican politician. He was the Secretary of the Navy from 1972 to 1974. He was a United States Senator from Virginia from January 2, 1979, to January 3, 2009.

John Warner
United States Senator
from Virginia
In office
January 2, 1979 – January 3, 2009
Preceded byWilliam L. Scott
Succeeded byMark Warner
61st United States Secretary of the Navy
13th Secretary under the DoD
In office
May 4, 1972 – April 8, 1974
PresidentRichard Nixon
Preceded byJohn Chafee
Succeeded byJ. William Middendorf, II
Chairman of the Senate Committee on Armed Services
In office
January 3, 1999 – January 3, 2001
Preceded byStrom Thurmond
Succeeded byCarl Levin
In office
January 20, 2001 – June 6, 2001
Preceded byCarl Levin
Succeeded byCarl Levin
In office
January 3, 2003 – January 3, 2007
Preceded byCarl Levin
Succeeded byCarl Levin
Chairman of the Senate Committee on Rules and Administration
In office
September 8, 1995 – January 3, 1999
Preceded byTed Stevens
Succeeded byMitch McConnell
Personal details
John William Warner, Jr.

(1927-02-18)February 18, 1927
Washington, D.C., U.S.
DiedMay 25, 2021(2021-05-25) (aged 94)
Alexandria, Virginia, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Catherine Mellon
(m. 1957⁠–⁠1973)
(m. 1976⁠–⁠1982)
Jeanne Vander Myde
(m. 2003)
ChildrenWith Mellon:
Virginia Warner
John Warner, Jr.
Mary Warner
Alma materWashington and Lee University
University of Virginia Law School
AwardsKnight of the Order of the British Empire
Military service
Branch/serviceUnited States Navy
United States Marine Corps
Years of service1945–1946
RankPetty Officer 3rd Class
Unit1st Marine Aircraft Wing
Battles/warsWorld War II
Korean War

He did not run for office in 2008. He has rejoined the law firm of Hogan Lovells, where he worked before joining the United States Department of Defense.

Warner was also the sixth husband to actress Elizabeth Taylor, whom he married before being elected to the Senate. He was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 2009.[1]

Warner was born on February 18, 1927 in Washington, D.C..[2] He was raised in Washington, D.C.. Warner studied at St. Albans School, at Woodrow Wilson High School, at Washington-Lee University, at University of Virginia Law School, and at George Washington University.

Warner was married to Catherine Mellon in 1957 until they divorced in 1973, they had three children. Then he was married to Elizabeth Taylor from 1976 until they divorced in 1982. In 2003, he married Jeanne Vander Myde.

A critic of President Donald Trump, he supported Democrats Hillary Clinton in 2016 and Joe Biden in 2020.

Warner died on May 25, 2021 at his home in Alexandria, Virginia from heart failure at the age of 94.[3][4]


  1. "Queen to name John Warner honorary knight". Archived from the original on 2013-02-04. Retrieved 2013-02-06.
  2. SourceWatch Congresspedia – John W. Warner Archived 2007-03-21 at the Wayback Machine profile
  3. Putman, Eileen (May 26, 2021). "John Warner dies: military expert married Elizabeth Taylor". Associated Press. Retrieved May 26, 2021.
  4. Stracqualursi, Veronica (May 26, 2021). "John Warner, longtime US senator from Virginia, dies at 94". CNN. Retrieved May 26, 2021.

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