McNary, Charles

McNary, Charles (Linza)

(1874–1944) U.S. senator; born near Salem, Ore. Originally appointed and then elected to the U.S. Senate (Rep., Ore.; 1917–44), he prompted legislation involving agriculture, reforestation, irrigation, and hydroelectric power. As Senate minority leader, he opposed some of President Franklin Roosevelt's New Deal measures, but supported others such as Social Security. He was Wendell Wilkie's vice-presidential running mate in 1940.
The Cambridge Dictionary of American Biography, by John S. Bowman. Copyright © Cambridge University Press 1995. Reproduced with permission.
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Claude Brodesser, Cathy Dunkley, Dana Harris, Dave McNary, Charles Lyons and Janet Shprintz contributed to this report.