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This page contains a list of the eldest United States Senators among those currently living (sitting or former) and a list of the individuals who, at the time of their deaths, were the longest-lived United States Senators among those current or former senators then living. Of those living, the longest-lived senator is Harry F. Byrd, Jr., and Robert Byrd is the longest-lived sitting senator.

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Oldest senators (historic)

This is a list of the senators who were, while in office or after, the oldest living before they died.

Begin Date End Date Senator State Birth Date
March 4, 1789 June 13, 1791[1] William Johnson[2] Connecticut October 7, 1727
June 13, 1791 July 23, 1793 Roger Sherman[2] Connecticut April 19, 1721
July 23, 1793 November 14, 1819 William Johnson Connecticut October 7, 1727
November 14, 1819 June 1, 1832 Thomas Sumter South Carolina August 14, 1734
June 1, 1832 November 14, 1832 Charles Carroll Maryland September 19, 1737
November 14, 1832 March 7, 1838 Paine Wingate New Hampshire May 14, 1739
March 7, 1838 April 22, 1839 Samuel Smith Maryland July 27, 1752
April 22, 1839 February 13, 1843 Nathaniel Chipman Vermont November 15, 1752
February 13, 1843 February 25, 1845 Asher Robbins Rhode Island October 26, 1757
February 25, 1845 December 22, 1850 William Plumer New Hampshire June 25, 1759
December 22, 1850 April 12, 1851 David Daggett Connecticut December 31, 1764
April 12, 1851 October 14, 1853 Elisha Mathewson Rhode Island April 18, 1767
October 14, 1853 November 19, 1853 Samuel Crafts Vermont October 6, 1768
November 19, 1853 July 24, 1854 Jonathan Roberts Pennsylvania August 16, 1771
July 24, 1854 April 20, 1857 Benjamin Tappan Ohio May 25, 1773
April 20, 1857 May 6, 1860 Littleton Tazewell Virginia December 17, 1774
May 6, 1860 June 23, 1865 William Wilkins Pennsylvania December 20, 1779
June 23, 1865 June 19, 1867 Henry Dodge Wisconsin October 12, 1782
June 19, 1867 December 28, 1870 Wilson Lumpkin Georgia January 14, 1783
December 28, 1870 June 20, 1874 John Ruggles Maine October 8, 1789
June 20, 1874 July 3, 1878 Daniel Sturgeon Pennsylvania October 27, 1789
July 3, 1878 September 16, 1887 Joseph Cilley New Hampshire January 4, 1791
September 16, 1887 June 26, 1889 Simon Cameron Pennsylvania March 8, 1799
June 26, 1889 April 4, 1893 David Meriwether Kentucky October 30, 1800
April 4, 1893 January 6, 1901 James Bradbury Maine June 10, 1802
January 6, 1901 October 7, 1906 Daniel Jewett Missouri September 14, 1807
October 7, 1906 July 27, 1907 Edmund Pettus[3] Alabama July 6, 1821
July 27, 1907 January 10, 1909 John Conness California September 22, 1821
January 10, 1909 November 3, 1924 Cornelius Cole California September 17, 1822
November 3, 1924 April 5, 1928 Chauncey Depew New York April 23, 1834
April 5, 1928 January 24, 1930 Rebecca Felton Georgia June 10, 1835
January 24, 1930 April 12, 1933 Adelbert Ames Mississippi October 31, 1835
April 12, 1933 February 7, 1937 Elihu Root New York February 15, 1845
February 7, 1937 January 26, 1938 Newell Sanders Tennessee July 12, 1850
January 26, 1938 July 24, 1938 Obadiah Gardner Maine September 13, 1852
July 24, 1938 April 30, 1940 Furnifold Simmons North Carolina January 20, 1854
April 30, 1940 April 21, 1941[1] Fountain Thompson North Dakota November 18, 1854
April 21, 1941 June 26, 1941 Andrew Houston[2] Texas June 21, 1854
June 26, 1941 February 4, 1942 Fountain Thompson North Dakota November 18, 1854
February 4, 1942 July 19, 1947 Robert Owen Oklahoma February 2, 1856
July 19, 1947 July 27, 1954 Joseph Ransdell Louisiana October 7, 1858
July 27, 1954 March 1, 1958 Lawrence Phipps Colorado August 30, 1862
March 1, 1958 March 3, 1961 Joseph Grundy Pennsylvania January 13, 1863
March 3, 1961 May 24, 1961 George Pepper Pennsylvania March 16, 1867
May 24, 1961 May 19, 1966 Theodore Green Rhode Island October 2, 1867
May 19, 1966 December 28, 1972 John Heiskell Arkansas November 2, 1872
December 28, 1972 July 29, 1974 George Radcliffe Maryland August 22, 1877
July 29, 1974 April 14, 1977 John Milton New Jersey January 21, 1881
April 14, 1977 May 15, 1983 Hall Lusk Oregon September 21, 1883
May 15, 1983 December 1, 1984 Stephen Young Ohio May 4, 1889
December 1, 1984 March 20, 1988 Samuel Reynolds Nebraska August 11, 1890
March 20, 1988 March 14, 1989 Gladys Pyle South Dakota October 4, 1890
March 14, 1989 September 23, 1992 Frank Briggs Missouri February 25, 1894
September 23, 1992 June 10, 1993 Milward Simpson Wyoming November 12, 1897
June 10, 1993 May 29, 1995 Margaret Smith Maine December 14, 1897
May 29, 1995 May 8, 1998 Jennings Randolph West Virginia March 8, 1902
May 8, 1998 June 26, 2003 Strom Thurmond[3] South Carolina December 5, 1902
June 26, 2003 August 18, 2004 Hiram Fong Hawaii October 15, 1906
August 18, 2004 October 20, 2009 Clifford Hansen Wyoming October 16, 1912
October 20, 2009 present Harry Byrd Virginia December 20, 1914

Oldest senators currently living

This is a list of the 40 eldest senators, current or former, currently living.

Rank Senator Date of birth Senate term State served Party Age (years, days)
1 Harry F. Byrd, Jr. December 20, 1914 1965 – 1983 Virginia Democrat &0000000000000095.00000095 years, &0000000000000026.00000026 days
2 William B. Saxbe June 24, 1916 1969 – 1974 Ohio Republican &0000000000000093.00000093 years, &0000000000000205.000000205 days
3 Robert Byrd[4] November 20, 1917 1959 – West Virginia Democrat &0000000000000092.00000092 years, &0000000000000056.00000056 days
4 Charles H. Percy September 27, 1919 1967 – 1985 Illinois Republican &0000000000000090.00000090 years, &0000000000000110.000000110 days
5 Edward Brooke October 26, 1919 1967 – 1979 Massachusetts Republican &0000000000000090.00000090 years, &0000000000000081.00000081 days
6 John Glenn July 18, 1921 1974 – 1999 Ohio Democrat &0000000000000088.00000088 years, &0000000000000181.000000181 days
7 Ernest Hollings January 1, 1922 1966 – 2005 South Carolina Democrat &0000000000000088.00000088 years, &0000000000000014.00000014 days
8 Jocelyn Burdick February 6, 1922 1992 North Dakota Democrat &0000000000000087.00000087 years, &0000000000000343.000000343 days
9 Mark Hatfield July 12, 1922 1967 – 1997 Oregon Republican &0000000000000087.00000087 years, &0000000000000187.000000187 days
10 George McGovern July 19, 1922 1963 – 1981 South Dakota Democrat &0000000000000087.00000087 years, &0000000000000180.000000180 days
11 Charles Mathias, Jr. July 24, 1922 1969 – 1987 Maryland Republican &0000000000000087.00000087 years, &0000000000000175.000000175 days
12 Paul Laxalt August 2, 1922 1974 – 1987 Nevada Republican &0000000000000087.00000087 years, &0000000000000166.000000166 days
13 James Abdnor February 13, 1923 1981 – 1987 South Dakota Republican &0000000000000086.00000086 years, &0000000000000336.000000336 days
14 James L. Buckley March 9, 1923 1971 – 1977 New York Conservative &0000000000000086.00000086 years, &0000000000000312.000000312 days
15 Bob Dole July 22, 1923 1969 – 1996 Kansas Republican &0000000000000086.00000086 years, &0000000000000177.000000177 days
16 Robert P. Griffin November 6, 1923 1966 – 1979 Michigan Republican &0000000000000086.00000086 years, &0000000000000070.00000070 days
17 Ted Stevens November 18, 1923 1968 – 2009 Alaska Republican &0000000000000086.00000086 years, &0000000000000058.00000058 days
18 Frank Lautenberg[4] January 23, 1924 1982 – 2001
2003 –
New Jersey Democrat &0000000000000085.00000085 years, &0000000000000357.000000357 days
19 William Hathaway February 21, 1924 1973 – 1979 Maine Democrat &0000000000000085.00000085 years, &0000000000000328.000000328 days
20 Jeremiah Denton July 15, 1924 1981 – 1987 Alabama Republican &0000000000000085.00000085 years, &0000000000000184.000000184 days
21 John Melcher September 6, 1924 1977 – 1989 Montana Democrat &0000000000000085.00000085 years, &0000000000000131.000000131 days
22 Daniel Inouye[4] September 7, 1924 1963 – Hawaii Democrat &0000000000000085.00000085 years, &0000000000000130.000000130 days
23 Wendell H. Ford September 8, 1924 1974 – 1999 Kentucky Democrat &0000000000000085.00000085 years, &0000000000000129.000000129 days
24 Daniel Akaka[4] September 11, 1924 1990 – Hawaii Democrat &0000000000000085.00000085 years, &0000000000000126.000000126 days
25 James A. McClure December 27, 1924 1973 – 1991 Idaho Republican &0000000000000085.00000085 years, &0000000000000019.00000019 days
26 Dale Bumpers August 12, 1925 1975 – 1999 Arkansas Democrat &0000000000000084.00000084 years, &0000000000000156.000000156 days
27 Robert Burren Morgan October 5, 1925 1975 – 1981 North Carolina Democrat &0000000000000084.00000084 years, &0000000000000102.000000102 days
28 Daniel J. Evans October 16, 1925 1983 – 1989 Washington Republican &0000000000000084.00000084 years, &0000000000000091.00000091 days
29 Howard Baker November 15, 1925 1967 – 1985 Tennessee Republican &0000000000000084.00000084 years, &0000000000000061.00000061 days
30 Maryon Pittman Allen November 30, 1925 1978 Alabama Democrat &0000000000000084.00000084 years, &0000000000000046.00000046 days
31 Harris Wofford April 9, 1926 1991 – 1995 Pennsylvania Democrat &0000000000000083.00000083 years, &0000000000000281.000000281 days
32 Walter Huddleston April 15, 1926 1973 – 1985 Kentucky Democrat &0000000000000083.00000083 years, &0000000000000275.000000275 days
33 Mark Andrews May 19, 1926 1981 – 1987 North Dakota Republican &0000000000000083.00000083 years, &0000000000000241.000000241 days
34 Richard Schweiker June 1, 1926 1969 – 1981 Pennsylvania Republican &0000000000000083.00000083 years, &0000000000000228.000000228 days
35 Marlow Cook July 27, 1926 1968 – 1974 Kentucky Republican &0000000000000083.00000083 years, &0000000000000172.000000172 days
36 Harlan Mathews January 17, 1927 1993 – 1994 Tennessee Democrat &0000000000000082.00000082 years, &0000000000000363.000000363 days
37 John Warner February 18, 1927 1979 – 2009 Virginia Republican &0000000000000082.00000082 years, &0000000000000331.000000331 days
38 Alan J. Dixon July 7, 1927 1981 – 1993 Illinois Democratic &0000000000000082.00000082 years, &0000000000000192.000000192 days
39 Jim Broyhill August 19, 1927 1986 North Carolina Republican &0000000000000082.00000082 years, &0000000000000149.000000149 days
40 Walter Mondale January 5, 1928 1964 – 1977 Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor &0000000000000082.00000082 years, &0000000000000010.00000010 days

See also

Notes

  1. ^ a b Did not die on this date. Older person was inaugurated as a Senator.
  2. ^ a b c Attained Oldest living Senator status upon inauguration.
  3. ^ a b Attained Oldest living Senator status while still serving but some time after 1st inauguration.
  4. ^ a b c d Currently serving
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