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Stuart Symington
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United States Senator
from Missouri
In office
January 3, 1953 – December 27, 1976
Preceded by James P. Kem
Succeeded by John Danforth
1st United States Secretary of the Air Force
In office
September 18, 1947 – April 24, 1950
President Harry S. Truman
Preceded by Position established
Succeeded by Thomas K. Finletter
Personal details
William Stuart Symington Jr.

(1901-06-26)June 26, 1901
Amherst, Massachusetts, U.S.
Died December 14, 1988(1988-12-14) (aged 87)
New Canaan, Connecticut, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Evelyn Wadsworth
(m. 1924; died 1972)

Ann Hemingway Watson (m. 1978)
Relations See Symington family
Education Baltimore City College
Yale University (BA)
Military service
Allegiance  United States
Branch/service  United States Army
Years of service 1918–1919
Rank Army-USA-OF-01b.svg Second Lieutenant
Unit 84th Division
Battles/wars World War I

William Stuart Symington, Jr. (June 26, 1901 – December 14, 1988) was an American businessman and politician. He was a member of the Democratic Party.

Symington was born in Amherst, Massachusetts. He studied at Yale University.

Symington was the first United States Secretary of the Air Force. He served as secretary from 1947 to 1950. Then he served as the United States senator of Missouri. He served as senator from 1953 to 1976.

Symington ran for President of the United States in 1960. He lost the primary to John F. Kennedy.

Symington was married to Evelyn Wadsworth. Their marriage would last until her death in 1972. Symington resigned in 1976, four days before his term would end. They had one son, James W. Symington, former member of the United States House of Representatives. His cousin, Fife Symington, served as Governor of Arizona from 1991 through 1997.

Symington died in New Canaan, Connecticut from angina pectoris, aged 87.

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