Tydings was born in Asheville, North Carolina. Tydings moved to Maryland after he was adopted by Millard Tydings, U.S. Senator from Maryland. After serving in the military, he got his law degree at the University of Maryland and entered into practice.
Tydings won election to the Senate in 1964. However, his controversial stances on gun control and crime in the District of Columbia cost him re-election in 1970. He made another attempt at his old seat in 1976, but was defeated in the Democratic primary election by Paul Sarbanes.
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- "Tydings, Joseph Davies". United States Congress. Retrieved 2008-07-07.
- "Papers of Millard E. Tydings". University of Maryland, College Park. Retrieved 2008-06-29.
- "Joseph D. Tydings, former progressive U.S. senator from Maryland, is dead at 90 - Baltimore Sun". Baltimore Sun. 9 October 2018. Retrieved 9 October 2018.