Jordan, B. Everett (Benjamin Everett)

Alternative names
Dates:
Birth 1896-09-08
Death 1974-03-15
Gender:
Male
Americans
English

Biographical notes:

Textile manufacturer, politician, and United States Senator from North Caroina (1958-1972).

From the description of Benjamin Everett Jordan papers, 1936-1974 and undated, (bulk 1958-1972). (Duke University Library). WorldCat record id: 25149903

  • 1896, Sept. 8: Born, Ramseur, Randolph County, N. C., son of the Rev. Henry Harrison and Annie Elizabeth Sellers Jordan
  • 1914 - 1915 : Attended Trinity College (now Duke University), Durham, N.C.
  • 1918 - 1919 : Served with U.S. Army Tank Corps
  • 1919: Served with U.S. Army occupation forces in Germany
  • 1920s: Worked in textile mills in Gastonia, N.C., rising to position of superintendent after four years
  • 1924: Married Katherine McLean of Gastonia
  • 1927: Organized Sellers Manufacturing Company at Saxapahaw, N.C., serving thereafter as Secretary-Treasurer and General Manager, and also as an officer in several other textile manufacturing companies
  • 1936: Worked for the successful gubernatorial campaign of Clyde R. Hoey
  • 1948: Worked for the successful gubernatorial campaign of W. Kerr Scott
  • 1949 - 1951 : Chairman of the North Carolina State Democratic Executive Committee
  • 1954 - 1958 : Served as Democratic National Committeeman from North Carolina
  • 1955: Named Alamance County Man of the Year
  • 1958, Apr. 19: Appointed by Governor Luther Hodges to United States Senate seat left vacant by the death of Senator W. Kerr Scott
  • 1958, Nov.: Elected to U.S. Senate for remainder of Scott's term
  • 1958 - 1963 : Member of Senate Post Office and Civil Service Committee
  • 1958 - 1972 : Member of Senate Public Works Committee
  • 1959 - 1972 : Member of Senate Agriculture and Forestry Committee
  • 1959 - 1972 : Member of Senate Rules and Administration Committee, serving as Chairman 1963-1972
  • 1960: Re-elected to Senate for full six-year term, defeating Republican Kyle Hayes
  • 1960: Awarded honorary LL.D. degree by Elon College
  • 1962 - 1972 : Member of Joint Committee on the Library of Congress, serving alternately as Vice-Chairman and Chairman 1963-1972
  • 1963 - 1972 : Member of Joint Committee on Printing, serving alternately as Chairman and Vice-Chairman, 1970-1972
  • 1963: Member of North Carolina Tercentenary Celebration Commission
  • 1963 - 1965 : As Chairman of the Senate Rules and Administration Committee, chaired the televised hearings investigating the financial dealings of former Senate staff member Robert G. (Bobby) Baker and associates
  • 1964 - 1965 : Chairman of Joint Congressional Committee on the Inaugural and master of ceremonies at inauguration of Lyndon B. Johnson
  • 1964 - 1972 : Member of Library of Congress Trust Fund Board
  • 1966: Re-elected to the Senate, defeating Republican John Shallcross
  • 1972, June: Defeated in Democratic primary runoff election by Congressman Nick Galifinakis
  • 1973, Jan.: Left office and retired to Saxapahaw
  • 1974, Mar. 16: Died, Saxapahaw, N.C., age 77

From the guide to the Benjamin Everett Jordan Papers, 1896-1974 and undated, (Duke University. David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library)

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Subjects:

  • Legislation
  • Library legislation
  • Beaches
  • Roads
  • Agricultural laws and legislation
  • Social security
  • Water resources development
  • Vietnam War, 1961-1975
  • School integration
  • Rivers
  • Pollution
  • Transportation, automotive
  • Public health
  • Television advertising
  • Harbors
  • Busing for school integration
  • Civil rights
  • Inland navigation
  • Labor laws and legislation
  • Flood control
  • Advertising, political

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Places:

  • New Hope Dam (N.C.) (as recorded)
  • North Carolina (as recorded)
  • United States (as recorded)
  • B. Everett Jordan Lake (N.C.) (as recorded)
  • Middle East (as recorded)