Neuberger, Richard L. (Richard Lewis), 1912-1960

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Richard Lewis Neuberger (December 26, 1912 – March 9, 1960) was an American journalist, author, and politician. A member of the Democratic Party, he notably served as a U.S. Senator from Oregon from 1955 until his death.

Born in rural Multnomah County, Oregon, he grew up in nearby Portland where he attended public schools. Neuberger graduated from the University of Oregon in 1935, where he had served as editor of the student newspaper, the Oregon Daily Emerald. Neuberger began writing for the New York Times as a college senior, and became the newspaper's Northwest correspondent in 1939. He also began writing books during these years.

In 1940, Neuberger was elected to the Oregon House of Representatives. His political career was interrupted by World War II, during which Neuberger served in the U.S. Army as an officer from 1942 to 1945. Back in civilian life, Neuberger continued to work for the Times and write books, and was elected to the Oregon State Senate in 1948, after losing in 1946. Neuberger and State Senator and future Governor Robert Holmes were two of the leading liberals in the Oregon legislature at a time of Republican dominance. During the 1949 legislative session, Democrats succeeded in forcing a vote in favor of one of the nation's first fair employment practices laws, though watered down by the Republican majority.

In 1954, Neuberger was elected as a Democrat to one of Oregon's United States Senate seats. He was the first Democrat to win a seat in the Senate from Oregon since 1914. On July 7, 1955, he introduced into the Congressional Record a call for the total abolition of all motor racing in the United States. A vigorous and outspoken liberal, he served in the Senate until his death of a cerebral hemorrhage at the age of 47. Diagnosed with testicular cancer in 1958 that became terminal by 1960— but was kept from the public— Neuberger remained at his northwest Portland home in early 1960, reportedly battling the flu. Neuberger died at Good Samaritan Hospital in Portland on March 9, 1960. A delegation of senators, led by Democratic Majority Leader Lyndon Johnson, attended Neuberger's funeral. He was buried at Beth Israel Cemetery in Portland.

Neuberger was married in 1945 to the former Maurine Brown, who was elected to Neuberger's U.S. Senate seat for a six-year term after his death. They had no children.

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referencedIn Karl Onthank conservation papers, 1950-1967 University of Oregon Libraries. Special Collections and University Archives
referencedIn Villard, Oswald Garrison, 1872-1949. Papers, 1872-1949 Houghton Library
referencedIn Robert E. Sherwood papers, 1917-1968 (inclusive), 1934-1955 (bulk). Houghton Library
referencedIn West, Oswald, 1873-1960. Oswald West papers, 1856-1960 (bulk 1895-1960). Oregon Historical Society Research Library
creatorOf Richard Neuberger papers, 1930-1960 University of Oregon Libraries. Special Collections and University Archives
referencedIn New York Times Company records. Arthur Hays Sulzberger papers, 1823-1999 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
referencedIn John F. Kennedy letter to Richard L. Neuberger, 1961 June 27 Oregon Historical Society Research Library
creatorOf Neuberger, Richard L. (Richard Lewis), 1912-1960. William O. Douglas letter to Richard L. Neuberger [manuscript], 1955 March 30. Oregon Historical Society Research Library
referencedIn Richard L. Neuberger letter to Hubert Horatio Humphrey, 1960 February 11 Oregon Historical Society Research Library
referencedIn Lynch, Jack. Jack Lynch papers [manuscript], 1928-1973. Oregon Historical Society Research Library
referencedIn Richard L. Neuberger letter to John F. Kennedy, 1960 February 11 Oregon Historical Society Research Library
referencedIn Oral history interview with Mary Jane Sills, 2003 August 8, 11 Oregon Historical Society Research Library
creatorOf Richard L. and Maurine B. Neuberger Papers, 1958-1965 Oregon State University Archives
referencedIn Ronald H. Bayes correspondence concerning Ezra Pound, 1957-1959. Houghton Library
referencedIn Gertrude Glutsch Jensen papers, 1951-1970 University of Oregon Libraries. Special Collections and University Archives
referencedIn John Sylvester Fischer papers, 1907-1980 Yale University. Department of Manuscripts and Archives
referencedIn Mills, Randall Vause, 1907-1952. Randall V. Mills papers, 1937-1976. University of Oregon Libraries
referencedIn Richard L. and Maurine Brown Neuberger photographs collection, 1893-circa 1997, 1950-1966 Oregon Historical Society Research Library
referencedIn Wayne L. Morse papers, 1919-1969 University of Oregon Libraries. Special Collections and University Archives
referencedIn Alfred Mitchell Bingham and the Common Sense collection, 1905-1979 Yale University. Department of Manuscripts and Archives
referencedIn Maurine and Richard L. Neuberger papers, 1954-1966 Oregon Historical Society Research Library
creatorOf Neuberger, Richard L. (Richard Lewis), 1912-1960,. Neuberger Family Photographs Collection [graphic], 1893-ca. 1997, (bulk 1950-1966). Oregon Historical Society Research Library
referencedIn Arthur Robert Smith papers, 1931-1966 Oregon Historical Society Research Library
referencedIn William O. Douglas Papers, 1801-1980, (bulk 1923-1975) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
referencedIn James J. James papers, 1894-1967 University of Oregon Libraries. Special Collections and University Archives
referencedIn Randall V. Mills papers, 1937-1976 University of Oregon Libraries. Special Collections and University Archives
referencedIn Mellett, Lowell, 1884-1960. Papers, 1938-1944. Campbell University, Wiggins Memorial Library
referencedIn Porter, Charles Orlando, 1919-. Charles Orlando Porter papers, 1954-1961. University of Oregon Libraries
referencedIn James Parton papers, 1914-1986. Houghton Library
creatorOf Neuberger, Maurine Brown, 1907-. Maurine and Richard L. Neuberger papers [manuscript], 1954-1966. Oregon Historical Society Research Library
referencedIn Rayburn, Sam, 1882-1961, Papers, 1822, 1831, 1845, 1903-2007 Dolph Briscoe Center for American History
referencedIn Marks, Herbert Simon. Herbert Simon Marks Papers. 1933-1946. New York State Archives
referencedIn American Civil Liberties Union of Washington records, circa 1942-1996 University of Washington Libraries Special Collections
referencedIn Fischer, John Sylvester, 1910-1978. John Sylvester Fischer papers, 1907-1980 (inclusive). Yale University Library
referencedIn Richard Fagan papers, 1937-1969 Oregon Historical Society Research Library
referencedIn Morse, Wayne L. (Wayne Lyman), 1900-1974. Wayne L. Morse papers, 1919-1969 (bulk 1944-1968). University of Oregon Libraries
creatorOf Lyndon Baines Johnson Archives Collection. 1931 - 1968. Congressional Correspondence Files Lyndon Baines Johnson Library
creatorOf Neuberger, Richard L. (Richard Lewis), 1912-1960. Richard L. Neuberger letter to John F. Kennedy [manuscript], 1960 February 11. Oregon Historical Society Research Library
referencedIn Harvard Law School Forums Records Harvard Law School Library Langdell Hall Cambridge, MA 02138
referencedIn Harrison Spangler papers, 1946-1964 University of Oregon Libraries. Special Collections and University Archives
referencedIn Edith Green papers, 1955-1975 Oregon Historical Society Research Library
referencedIn The Nation, records, 1879-1974 (inclusive), 1920-1955 (bulk). Houghton Library
referencedIn Douglas, William O. (William Orville), 1898-1980. William O. Douglas papers, 1801-1980 (bulk 1923-1975). Library of Congress
referencedIn Smith, Arthur Robert, 1925-. Arthur Robert Smith papers, 1931-1966. Oregon Historical Society Research Library
creatorOf Richard L. Neuberger letter to Hubert Horatio Humphrey, 1960 February 11 Oregon Historical Society Research Library
referencedIn McNary, Charles Linza, 1874-1944. Charles Linza McNary papers, 1921-1944. Library of Congress
referencedIn Wolf, Robert, 1920-2005,. Robert Wolf interview, 1989 Apr. 20. University of Montana, Mansfield Library
referencedIn La Follette family papers (continuation record), 1781-1988 (bulk 1910-1953). Library of Congress
referencedIn Fagan, Richard, d. 1969. Richard Fagan papers [manuscript], 1937-1969. Oregon Historical Society Research Library
referencedIn James, James J. James J. James papers, 1894-1967. University of Oregon Libraries
referencedIn Stevenson, Adlai E. (Adlai Ewing), 1900-1965. Adlai E. Stevenson papers, 1861-1990 (bulk 1952-1965). Princeton University Library
referencedIn Robert W. Straub Collection, 1955-1980, circa 1890-2012 Western Oregon University Archives
referencedIn LaFollette Family Papers, 1781-1988, (bulk 1900-1953) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
creatorOf Neuberger, Richard L. (Richard Lewis), 1912-1960. John F. Kennedy letter to Richard L. Neuberger [manuscript], 1961 June 27. Oregon Historical Society Research Library
referencedIn Steiner, Richard M., 1901-1975. Richard Morrow Steiner papers [manuscript], 1933-1966. Oregon Historical Society Research Library
referencedIn Fort Clatsop National Monument Papers, 1900-1974, 1953-1963 Oregon Historical Society Research Library
referencedIn Richard Morrow Steiner papers, 1933-1966 Oregon Historical Society Research Library
creatorOf John F. Kennedy letter to Richard L. Neuberger, 1961 June 27 Oregon Historical Society Research Library
creatorOf Wood, Charles Erskine Scott, 1852-1944. Papers of C. E. S. Wood, 1829-1980 (bulk 1870-1940). Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens
creatorOf Davidson, C. Girard (Crowe Girard), 1910-. C. Girard Davidson papers, 1934-1980. University of Oregon Libraries
referencedIn Papers, ca.1905-1989 Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
referencedIn Honeyman, Nan Wood, 1881-1970. Nan Wood Honeyman papers, 1935-1962. Oregon Historical Society Research Library
referencedIn William O. Douglas letter to Richard L. Neuberger, 1955 March 30 Oregon Historical Society Research Library
referencedIn Neuberger, Maurine Brown, 1907-2000. Maurine Neuberger papers, 1950-1967. University of Oregon Libraries
referencedIn Tom McCall photographs collection, 1905-1984, 1966-1975 Oregon Historical Society Research Library
referencedIn Jensen, Gertrude Glutsch, 1903-1986. Gertrude Glutsch Jensen papers, 1951-1970. University of Oregon Libraries
referencedIn Green, Edith, 1910-1987. Edith Green papers [manuscript] 1955-1975. Oregon Historical Society Research Library
referencedIn Robert Lee Sherrod Papers, 1910-1963 Syracuse University. Library. Special Collections Research Center
referencedIn Jack Lynch papers, 1928-1973 Oregon Historical Society Research Library
referencedIn C. Girard Davidson papers, 1934-1980 University of Oregon Libraries. Special Collections and University Archives
referencedIn Fischer, John Sylvester, 1910-1978. John Sylvester Fischer papers, 1907-1980 (inclusive). Yale University Library
creatorOf William O. Douglas letter to Richard L. Neuberger, 1955 March 30 Oregon Historical Society Research Library
referencedIn Bingham, Alfred M. (Alfred Mitchell), 1905-. Alfred Mitchell Bingham and the Common Sense collection, 1905-1979 (inclusive). Yale University Library
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associatedWith Morse, Wayne L. (Wayne Lyman), 1900-1974. person
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Eugene OR US
Multnomah County OR US
Portland OR US
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Birth 1912-12-26

Death 1960-03-09

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