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Patrick V. McNamara

In office
January 3, 1955 – April 30, 1966
Serving with Charles E. Potter and Philip Hart
Preceded by Homer S. Ferguson
Succeeded by Robert P. Griffin

Born October 4, 1894
North Weymouth, Massachusetts
Died April 30, 1966
Bethesda, Maryland
Nationality American
Political party Democrat

Patrick Vincent McNamara (October 4, 1894 – April 30, 1966) was a Democratic United States Senator (1955-1966) from the state of Michigan.

McNamara was born in North Weymouth, Massachusetts and attended the public schools in nearby Weymouth and the Fore River Apprentice School in Quincy. He moved to Detroit, Michigan in 1921, and became active in union and civic affairs. He worked in the construction industry 1921-1955. He was director of the Detroit area of the Office of Price Administration, Rent Division 1942-1945. He was vice president of Stanley-Carter Company 1946-1954. He was a member of the Detroit City Council 1946-1947 and the Detroit Board of Education 1949-1955.

President John F. Kennedy and First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis meeting with Senator Patrick V. McNamara.

McNamara was elected as a Democrat to the United States Senate in 1954 and was reelected in 1960, serving from January 3, 1955, until his death in Bethesda, Maryland. In the Eighty-seventh Congress, he became the first chairman of the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging. He also chaired the U.S. Senate Committee on Public Works in the Eighty-eighth and Eighty-ninth Congresses.

He died on April 30, 1966, aged 71, and was interred in Mount Olivet Cemetery in Detroit.

McNamara was a member of the Americans for Democratic Action. The Patrick V. McNamara Federal Building was named for him.


  • U.S. Congress. Memorial Services Held in the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States, Together with Remarks Presented in Eulogy of Patrick V. McNamara, Late a Senator from Michigan. 89th Cong., 2nd sess., 1966. Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1967.


United States Senate
Preceded by
Homer S. Ferguson
United States Senator (Class 2) from Michigan
1955 – 1966
Served alongside: Charles E. Potter, Philip Hart
Succeeded by
Robert P. Griffin
Political offices
Preceded by
Dennis Chavez
Chairman of Senate Public Works Committee
1962 – 1966
Succeeded by
Jennings Randolph


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