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John C. Stennis
President pro tempore of the United States Senate
In office
January 3, 1987 – January 3, 1989
Deputy George J. Mitchell
Preceded by Strom Thurmond
Succeeded by Robert Byrd
Chairman of the United States Senate Committee on Armed Services
In office
January 3, 1969 – January 3, 1981
Preceded by Richard Russell
Succeeded by John Tower
United States Senator
from Mississippi
In office
November 5, 1947 – January 3, 1989
Preceded by Theodore Bilbo
Succeeded by Trent Lott
Member of the Mississippi House of Representatives
In office
Personal details
John Cornelius Stennis

(1901-08-03)August 3, 1901
Kemper County, Mississippi, U.S.
Died April 23, 1995(1995-04-23) (aged 93)
Jackson, Mississippi, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Coy Hines
Children John Hampton Stennis
Margaret Jane Stennis Womble
Alma mater Mississippi A&M University
University of Virginia
Profession Politician, Lawyer

John Cornelius Stennis (August 3, 1901 – April 23, 1995) was a U.S. Senator from the state of Mississippi. He was a Democrat who served in the Senate for over 41 years, becoming its most senior member for his last eight years. He retired from the Senate in 1989.

Stennis was a strong supporter of racial segregation. He signed the Southern Manifesto, which called for resistance to the Supreme Court ruling in Brown v. Board of Education. He also voted against the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Voting Rights Act of 1965, and the Civil Rights Act of 1968. He supported the extension of the Voting Rights Act in 1982 but voted against the establishment of Martin Luther King Jr. Day as a holiday.

Cranston died in Jackson, Mississippi from natural causes, aged 93, he is buried at Pinecrest Cemetery in Kemper County.

Naming honors

  • John C. Stennis Space Center
  • John C. Stennis Center for Public Service Training and Development
  • John C. Stennis National Student Congress of the National Forensic League
  • John C. Stennis Lock and Dam
  • John C. Stennis Institute of Government
  • John C. Stennis Scholarship in Political Science
  • John C. Stennis Vocational Complex
  • USS John C. Stennis Aircraft carrier and Carrier Strike Group
  • John C. Stennis Oral History Collection at Mississippi State University in Starkville
  • John C. Stennis Memorial Hospital in Dekalb, Mississippi
  • Stennis International Airport

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