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Harlan Mathews
Senator Harlan Mathews (D-TN).jpg
United States Senator
from Tennessee
In office
January 3, 1993 – December 1, 1994
Appointed by Ned McWherter
Preceded by Al Gore
Succeeded by Fred Thompson
Personal details
Born (1927-01-17)January 17, 1927
Walker County, Alabama
Died May 9, 2014(2014-05-09) (aged 87)
Nashville, Tennessee
Nationality American
Political party Democratic

Harlan Matthews (January 17, 1927 – May 9, 2014) was an American politician. Mathews was a member of the Democratic Party.

Early life

Mathews was born in Walker County, Alabama. He studied at the Nashville School of Law. Mathews married Pat Mathews in 1948.


Mathews first served as Tennessee State Treasurer from 1975 to 1987.

Mathews served as the United States senator for Tennessee. He succeeded Al Gore. He served as senator from 1993 to 1994. He was succeeded by Fred Thompson.

Personal life

After leaving office, Mathews studied law in Nashville, Tennessee. Mathews and his wife had two children.


Mathews died of brain cancer at a hospice in Nashville.

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