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John Danforth
John Danforth

John Claggett Danforth (born September 5, 1936), also referred to as Jack Danforth, is a former United States Ambassador to the United Nations and former Republican United States Senator from Missouri. He is an ordained Episcopal priest. Image File history File linksMetadata John_danforth_20040721. ... Image File history File linksMetadata John_danforth_20040721. ... September 5 is the 248th day of the year (249th in leap years). ... 1936 (MCMXXXVI) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will take you to calendar). ... United States Ambasadors to the United Nations, full title, Representative of the United States of America to the United Nations, with the rank and status of Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, and Representative of the United States of America in the Security Council of the United Nations (also known as the... The Republican Party is one of the two major political parties in the United States two-party system, the other one being the Democratic Party. ... Seal of the Senate The United States Senate is one of the two chambers of the Congress of the United States, the other being the House of Representatives. ... Official language(s) none, English most common Capital Largest city Jefferson City Kansas City Area  - Total   - Width   - Length    - % water  - Latitude  - Longitude Ranked 21st 69,709 sq mi  180,693 km² 240 miles  385 km 300 miles  480 km 1. ... The Cathedral Church of Saint Peter and Saint Paul in Washington DC is the National Cathedral of the Episcopal Church in the United States of America. ...


Danforth is married to five adult children.

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Education and early career

An heir to the Ralston Purina fortune, Danforth was born in 1936 in St. Louis, Missouri. He received his bachelor's degree from Princeton University in 1958, and attended both law and divinity graduate schools at Yale University. He served as Missouri's Attorney General from 1969 to December, 1976, when he succeeded retiring Senator Stuart Symington in the U.S. Senate. Danforth's original Democratic opponent, Congressman Jerry Litton, died in an airplane crash the night he won the Democratic primary. Former Governor Warren Hearnes was chosen as the nominee after Litton's death, but lost the general election to Danforth. Danforth was narrowly re-elected in 1982 (defeating Democrat Harriett Woods), and 1988 crushed Democrat Jay Nixon, 68% to 32%. Danforth chose not to run for a fourth term and retired from the Senate in 1995. Ralston Purina was a major American corporation best known for its production and marketing of animal feeds. ... 1936 (MCMXXXVI) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will take you to calendar). ... Nickname: Gateway City, Gateway to the West, or Mound City Official website: http://stlouis. ... Princeton University is a coeducational private university located on an extensive campus in and around suburban Princeton, New Jersey. ... 1958 (MCMLVIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Yale University is a private university in New Haven, Connecticut. ... In most common law jurisdictions, the Attorney General is the main legal adviser to the government, and in some jurisdictions may in addition have executive responsibility for law enforcement or responsibility for public prosecutions. ... 1969 (MCMLXIX) was a common year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1969 calendar). ... 1976 (MCMLXXVI) was a leap year starting on Thursday (the link is to a full 1976 calendar). ... Categories: Stub | 1901 births | 1988 deaths | United States Senators ... Jerry Lon Litton (May 12, 1937– August 3, 1976) was a Democratic U.S. Representative from Missouri. ... Warren Eastman Hearnes (born July 24, 1923) is an American politician who was Governor of Missouri from 1965 to 1973. ... Harriett Woods is an American politician and activist, a two-time Democratic nominee for the United States Senate from Missouri, and a former Lieutenant Governor of the state of Missouri. ... Jeremiah W. Jay Nixon Jeremiah W. Jay Nixon is an American politician from Missouri. ... 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Senate career

During the 1991 Senate hearings regarding U.S. Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas, Danforth used his considerable clout to aid the confirmation of Thomas, a former Danforth aide and protégé. 1991 (MCMXCI) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Supreme Court of the United States is the highest judicial body in the U.S. and leads the judicial branch of the U.S. federal government. ... Justice Clarence Thomas Clarence Thomas (born June 23, 1948) is an American jurist and has been an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States since 1991. ...


A political moderate who is respected by members of both parties, Danforth was once quoted as saying he joined the Republican Party for "the same reason you sometimes choose which movie to see — [it's] the one with the shortest line". The Republican Party is one of the two major political parties in the United States two-party system, the other one being the Democratic Party. ...


Post Senate career

In 1999, Democratic U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno appointed Danforth to lead the investigation into the FBI's role in the Waco, Texas/Branch Davidian disaster of 1993. Danforth appointed Democratic U.S. Attorney Edward L. Dowd, Jr. for the Eastern District of Missouri as his deputy special counsel for Waco. He also hired Bryan Cave law firm partner Thomas A. Schweich as his chief of staff. Assistant U.S. Attorney James G. Martin served as Danforth's director of investigative operations for what became known as the "Waco Investigation" 1999 (MCMXCIX) was a common year starting on Friday, and was designated the International Year of Older Persons by the United Nations. ... The Democratic Party is one of the two major political parties in the United States, the other one being the Republican Party. ... Alberto Gonzales, current Attorney General of the United States The United States Attorney General is the head of the United States Department of Justice concerned with legal affairs and is the chief law enforcement officer of the United States government. ... Janet Reno (born July 21, 1938) was the 78th Attorney General of the United States (1993–2001), and was the first woman to hold that post. ... The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is a Federal police force which is the principal investigative arm of the United States Department of Justice (DOJ). ... Waco is the county seat of McLennan County, Texas. ... The Branch Davidians are a religious group originating from the Seventh-day Adventist Church. ... 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar and marked the Beginning of the International Decade to Combat Racism and Racial Discrimination (1993-2003). ... Democracy is a form of government under which the power to alter the laws and structures of government lies, ultimately, with the citizenry. ... United States Attorneys represent the U.S. federal government in United States district court. ... Official language(s) none, English most common Capital Largest city Jefferson City Kansas City Area  - Total   - Width   - Length    - % water  - Latitude  - Longitude Ranked 21st 69,709 sq mi  180,693 km² 240 miles  385 km 300 miles  480 km 1. ... Bryan Cave is an international law firm based in St. ... The term Chief of Staff can refer to: The White House Chief of Staff, the highest-ranking member of the Executive Office of the President of the United States. ... James Grubbs Martin (born 11 December 1935) was a Republican governor of the state of North Carolina from 1985 to 1993. ...


In July 2000, Danforth's name was leaked as being on the short list of potential vice presidential nominees for Republican candidate George W. Bush, along with Michigan Governor John Engler, New York Governor George Pataki, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Ridge, and former American Red Cross President Elizabeth Dole. Just one week before the Republican nominating convention was to be held in Philadelphia, campaign sources said that Dick Cheney, the man charged with leading the selection process for the nominee, had recommended Danforth to Bush for the position [1]. Bush secretly met with Danforth at a hotel in Chicago, and three days later Danforth held a press conference stating he would be stepping-down from his appointed role in the Waco investigations because an unforeseen political opportunity had suddenly come-up. However, despite growing speculation that Danforth was Bush's final pick, Bush selected Cheney himself for the position. This article is about the year 2000. ... George Walker Bush (born July 6, 1946) is the 43rd and current President of the United States and a former governor of Texas. ... John Engler John Mathias Engler (born October 12, 1948) is an American politician. ... George Elmer Pataki (born June 24, 1945) is the current Governor of New York State and has held that office since January 1995. ... Tom Ridge Thomas Joseph Ridge (born August 26, 1945) is a U.S. political figure who served as a member of the United States House of Representatives (1983–1995), Governor of Pennsylvania (1995–2001), Assistant to the President for Homeland Security (2001–2003), and the first United States Secretary of... A WWII-era poster encouraged American women to volunteer for the Red Cross as part of the war effort. ... Elizabeth Hanford Liddy Dole (born July 29, 1936) was elected to the United States Senate in 2002 to represent North Carolina for a term ending in 2009. ... The 2000 Republican National Convention convened at the Wachovia Center (then the First Union Center) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania from July 31 to August 3, 2000. ... Richard Bruce Dick Cheney (born January 30, 1941) is the 46th Vice President of the United States, serving under President George W. Bush. ...


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On July 1, 2004, Danforth was sworn in as the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, succeeding John Negroponte, who had left his post after becoming the U.S. Ambassador to Iraq on June 23, 2004. Danforth submitted his resignation on November 22, 2004, effective January 20, 2005. July 1 is the 182nd day of the year (183rd in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 183 days remaining. ... 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... For other uses, see Ambassador (disambiguation). ... United Nations - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia /**/ @import /skins-1. ... John D. Negroponte John Dimitri Negroponte (born July 21, 1939) (IPA ) is a career diplomat currently serving as Director of National Intelligence for the United States. ... June 23 is the 174th day of the year (175th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 191 days remaining. ... 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... November 22 is the 326th day (327th on leap years) of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... January 20 is the 20th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Danforth has received a star on the St. Louis Walk of Fame. The St. ...


Religion

As an ordained Episcopal priest, Danforth officiated the funeral services of former president Ronald Reagan on June 11, 2004 at the Washington National Cathedral. He did the same for Washington Post executive Katharine Graham in 2001, also at the National Cathedral. The Cathedral Church of Saint Peter and Saint Paul in Washington DC is the National Cathedral of the Episcopal Church in the United States of America. ... President George W. Bush, First Lady Laura Bush, Vice-President Dick Cheney, Lynne Cheney, and former President Bill Clinton and Senator Hillary Clinton, watch the casket of former President Ronald Reagan carried into the Washington National Cathedral The death and state funeral of Ronald Reagan took place in June 2004. ... June 11 is the 162nd day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (163rd in leap years), with 203 days remaining. ... 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Washington National Cathedral was the site of two Presidential state funerals: for Dwight D. Eisenhower and Ronald W. Reagan, and a presidential burial in the cathedral mausoleum: Woodrow Wilson. ... ... Katharine Graham Katharine Meyer Graham (June 16, 1917 – July 17, 2001) was the head of The Washington Post newspaper for more than two decades, overseeing its most famous period, the Watergate coverage that helped bring down President Richard Nixon. ... 2001: A Space Odyssey. ...


In 2005, Danforth wrote two separate op-ed pieces in The New York Times criticizing the increasingly blurry line between church and state brought about by some Christian conservatives in the Republican Party. [2] Danforth regards himself as a moderate Christian, and does not believe conservative fundamentalists such as Pat Robertson, Jerry Falwell, or James Dobson accurately reflect the Christian faith. He believes such right-wing preachers have "hijacked" the Republican Party. Where once the party focused on cutting taxes and regulations, says Danforth, it is now the party of the pro-life, anti-gay, and anti-stem cell research movements. An Op-Ed is a piece of writing expressing an opinion. ... The New York Times is a newspaper published in New York City by Arthur O. Sulzberger Jr. ... The separation of church and state is a concept in law whereby the structures of state or national government are kept separate from those of religious institutions. ... A Christian is a follower of Jesus Christ. ... Conservatism or political conservatism is any of several historically related political philosophies or political ideologies. ... The Republican Party is one of the two major political parties in the United States two-party system, the other one being the Democratic Party. ... American religious broadcaster Pat Robertson Marion Gordon Pat Robertson (born March 22, 1930) is an influential religious broadcaster from the United States. ... Jerry Lamon Falwell (born on August 11, 1933, Lynchburg, Virginia) is a Fundamentalist Baptist pastor, televangelist, and conservative activist from the United States. ... James Dobson, Ph. ...


Danforth is the author of the forthcoming book "Faith and Politics : How the 'Moral Values' Debate Divides America and How to Move Forward Together," to be released in September 2006 by the Viking Press.


External links

  • UN Press release on becoming US Ambassador to the UN
  • Letter of resignation (pdf file)
  • Washington Post Article about Danforth's criticisms of the Religious Right
Preceded by:
John Negroponte
United States Ambassador
to the United Nations

2004–2005
Succeeded by:
Anne W. Patterson
Preceded by:
Stuart Symington
United States Senator, Missouri
1976–1995
Succeeded by:
John Ashcroft
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