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Claiborne Pell
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Chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee
In office
January 3, 1987 – January 3, 1995
Preceded by Richard Lugar
Succeeded by Jesse Helms
Chair of the Senate Rules Committee
In office
January 3, 1978 – January 3, 1981
Preceded by Howard Cannon
Succeeded by Charles Mathias
United States Senator
from Rhode Island
In office
January 3, 1961 – January 3, 1997
Preceded by Theodore Green
Succeeded by Jack Reed
Personal details
Born
Claiborne de Borda Pell

(1918-11-22)November 22, 1918
New York City, New York, U.S.
Died January 1, 2009(2009-01-01) (aged 90)
Newport, Rhode Island, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Nuala O'Donnell
Children 4
Father Herbert Pell
Relatives John Pell (ancestor)
William C. C. Claiborne (great-great-great-granduncle)
Clay Pell (grandson)
Education Princeton University (AB)
Columbia University (MA)
Signature
Military service
Allegiance  United States
Branch/service  United States Coast Guard
Years of service 1941–1945 (Active)
1945–1978 (Reserve)
Rank US-O3 insignia.svg Lieutenant (Active)
US-O6 insignia.svg Captain (Reserve)
Unit United States Coast Guard Reserve
Battles/wars World War II

Claiborne de Borda Pell GCC GCM (November 22, 1918 – January 1, 2009) was an American politician and writer. He was a United States Senator from Rhode Island for six terms from 1961 to 1997. He was a member of the Democratic Party. Pell is the longest serving U.S. Senator from Rhode Island.

He retired from the U.S. Senate because of bad health since he had Parkinson's disease.


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