Mike Mansfield

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Mike Mansfield
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United States Senator
from Montana
In office
January 3, 1953 – January 3, 1977
Preceded byZales Ecton
Succeeded byJohn Melcher
Senate Majority Leader
In office
January 3, 1961 – January 3, 1977
DeputyHubert Humphrey (1961–65)
Russell B. Long (1965–69)
Ted Kennedy (1969–71)
Robert Byrd (1971–77)
Preceded byLyndon Johnson
Succeeded byRobert Byrd
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Montana's 1st district
In office
January 3, 1943 – January 3, 1953
Preceded byJeannette Rankin
Succeeded byLee Metcalf
22nd United States Ambassador to Japan
In office
June 10, 1977 – December 22, 1988
PresidentJimmy Carter
Ronald Reagan
Preceded byJames D. Hodgson
Succeeded byMichael Armacost
Personal details
Michael Joseph Mansfield

(1903-03-16)March 16, 1903
New York City
DiedOctober 5, 2001(2001-10-05) (aged 98)
Washington, D.C.
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Maureen Hayes Mansfield (1905-2000)
ChildrenAnne Fairclough Mansfield
ProfessionProfessor of history
Military service
Branch/serviceUnited States Navy
United States Army
United States Marine Corps
Years of service1918 - 1919 (Navy)
1919 - 1920 (Army)
1920 - 1922 (Marine Corps)
RankSeaman (Navy)
Private (Army)
Private (Marine Corps)
Battles/warsWorld War I

Michael Joseph "Mike" Mansfield (March 16, 1903 – October 5, 2001) was an American politician. He was a member of the Democratic Party. He served as a U.S. Representative (1943–1953) and a U.S. Senator (1953–1977) from Montana. He was the longest-serving Senate Majority Leader, serving from 1961 to 1977.

During his time, he led Great Society programs through the Senate and strongly opposed the Vietnam War.

After retiring from the Senate, Mansfield served as U.S. Ambassador to Japan from 1977 to 1988. On retiring as ambassador, he was awarded the nation's highest civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom (1989). He won this in part for his role in the resignation of Republican President Richard Nixon.[1] Mansfield is the longest-serving American ambassador to Japan in history.[2]

After his ambassadorship, Mansfield served for a time as a senior adviser on East Asian affairs to Goldman Sachs, the Wall Street investment banking company.

Mansfield died of congestive heart failure in Washington, D.C. on October 5, 2001. He was aged 98.

References[change | change source]

  1. "Michael Joseph Mansfield". Arlington Cemetery website.
  2. Warnock, Eleanor (2012-04-16). "End of an Era: Yamamoto, Top 'America Hand' Dies at 76". Wall Street Journal Japan Real Time. Retrieved 2012-04-18.