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Encyclopedia > Scott W. Lucas

Scott Wike Lucas (1892 - 1968) was a 2-term United States senator from Illinois and Senate Majority Leader from 1948-1950. After graduating from the law school of Illinois Wesleyan University, Lucas entered private practice; he enlisted in the U.S. Army during World War I, later serving as a lieutenant. He served in a variety of governmental posts in Illinois before he was first elected to the United States House of Representatives in 1934, and was elected senator in 1938. He was re-elected in 1944. With support from Harry Truman and liberal Democrats, he was elected party whip in 1946. He was noted for his success in Harry Truman's re-election campaign in 1948, and when Alben Barkley became vice-president and resigned his Senate seat, Lucas became majority leader. However, he was unable to build a consensus as Senate majority leader, and lost re-election in 1950 to Republican Everett Dirksen, who also became an important leader in the Senate. Lucas was one of a series of politically weak Senate leaders who were seen as yes-men for Presidential administrations and denied the support of powerful senior Senators. He was succeeded as Democratic leader by Ernest McFarland, who also lost his reelection bid two years after assuming the leadership. Thanks to McFarland's successor, Lyndon Johnson, the Senate leadership became much more powerful and no leader was defeated for reelection until Tom Daschle in 2004. 1892 was a leap year starting on Friday (see link for calendar). ... 1968 was a leap year starting on Monday (the link is to a full 1968 calendar). ... Seal of the Senate The Senate is one of the two houses of the Congress of the United States, the other being the House of Representatives. ... State nickname: Land of Lincoln, The Prairie State Other U.S. States Capital Springfield Largest city Chicago Governor Rod Blagojevich Official languages English Area 149,998 km² (25th)  - Land 143,968 km²  - Water 6,030 km² (4. ... Law school is the term used in the United States to indicate an institution where future lawyers obtain legal degrees, mainly teaching using the socratic method. ... Illinois Wesleyan is a university located in Bloomington, Illinois. ... The Army is the branch of the United States armed forces which has primary responsibility for land-based military operations. ... Ypres, 1917, in the vicinity of the Battle of Passchendaele. ... A Lieutenant is a military, paramilitary or police officer. ... The House of Representatives is the larger of two houses that make up the U.S. Congress, the other being the United States Senate. ... 1934 was a common year starting on Monday (link will take you to calendar). ... 1938 was a common year starting on Saturday (link will take you to calendar). ... 1944 was a leap year starting on Saturday (link will take you to calendar). ... For the victim of Mt. ... Alben William Barkley (November 24, 1877–April 30, 1956) was a Representative and a Senator from Kentucky and the thirty_fifth Vice President of the United States. ... 1950 was a common year starting on Sunday (link will take you to calendar). ... Everett McKinley Dirksen Everett McKinley Dirksen (January 4, 1896 – September 7, 1969) was a Republican U.S. Congressman and Senator from Illinois. ... Ernest William McFarland (1894 - 1984), an American politician and the Father of the G.I. Bill, is the only American to serve in the highest office in all three branches of his states government. ... Lyndon Baines Johnson (August 27, 1908–January 22, 1973), often referred to as LBJ, was an American politician. ... Thomas Andrew Daschle (born December 9, 1947), known as Tom Daschle, was a U.S. Senator from South Dakota and the Senate Minority Leader until his term ended. ...


External link

  • Lucas in the Congressional Biographical Dictionary


Preceded by:
William H. Dieterich
Class 3 U.S. Senator from Illinois
1939–1951
Succeeded by:
Everett Dirksen


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