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Wayne Lyman Morse (October 20, 1900July 22, 1974) was a United States Senator from Oregon from 1945 to 1969. He made a filibuster for 22 hours and 26 minutes in 1953 protesting the Tidelands Oil legislation, which at the time was the longest filibuster in Senate history. Jump to: navigation, search October 20 is the 293rd day of the year (294th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 72 days remaining. ... 1900 is a common year starting on Monday. ... 22 July is the 203rd day (204th in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian Calendar, with 162 days remaining. ... Jump to: navigation, search 1974 is a common year starting on Tuesday (click on link for calendar). ... Jump to: navigation, search 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. ... Jump to: navigation, search State nickname: Beaver State Other U.S. States Capital Salem Largest city Portland Governor Ted Kulongoski (D) Senators Ron Wyden (D) Gordon Smith (R) Official languages None Area 255,026 km² (9th)  - Land 248,849 km²  - Water 6,177 km² (2. ... Jump to: navigation, search 1945 was a common year starting on Monday (link will take you to calendar). ... Jump to: navigation, search 1969 was a common year starting on Wednesday For other uses, see Number 1969. ... A filibuster is a process, typically an extremely long speech, that is used primarily to stall the legislative process and thus derail a particular piece of legislation, rather than to make a particular point in the content of the diversion per se. ... Jump to: navigation, search 1953 is a common year starting on Thursday. ...

Morse was born to a farming family in Verona, Wisconsin, who imbued the political beliefs of Robert M. LaFollette, Sr. in their children. He received his Bachelor's degree from the University of Wisconsin in 1923, and his Master's from the same college the next year. He received his degree in law from the University of Minnesota in 1928, and became an assistant professor of law at the University of Oregon in 1930. Verona is a city located in Dane County, Wisconsin. ... Jump to: navigation, search Robert Marion La Follette, Sr. ... Jump to: navigation, search The University of Wisconsin was founded in 1848 and is the largest university in the U.S. state of Wisconsin. ... Jump to: navigation, search University of Minnesota, Twin Cities This article is about the oldest and largest campus of the University of Minnesota. ... Jump to: navigation, search University of Oregon The University of Oregon (UO) is a Public University located in Eugene. ...

Described as an electrifying speaker and having a brilliant legal mind, he quickly became an associate professor and then dean of the university and full professor of law in 1931. Columbia University awarded him a doctorate in law in 1932. He served on many public commissions over following years. Jump to: navigation, search Columbia University is a private university in the Morningside Heights neighborhood of Manhattan, New York City. ...

In 1944 he won the Republican primary election for Senator, and the general election that November. Once in Washington, he revealed his progressive roots to the consternation of his more conservative Republican peers. In protest to Dwight Eisenhower's selection of Richard Nixon as his running mate, he left the Republican party in 1952. After a term as an independent, he became a Senator for the Democratic Party in 1955. Despite these switches in party allegiance, for which he was branded a maverick, Morse won almost every election for Senator. Jump to: navigation, search 1944 was a leap year starting on Saturday (link will take you to calendar). ... The Republican Party, often called the GOP (for Grand Old Party, although one early citation described it as the Gallant Old Party) [1], is one of the two major political parties in the United States. ... Progressive Movement is the term used to refer collectively to several various movements around the world that adhere to progressivism. ... Dwight David Ike Eisenhower (October 14, 1890–March 28, 1969), American soldier and politician, was the 34th President of the United States (1953–1961) and supreme commander of the Allied forces in Europe during World War II, with the rank of General of the Army. ... Jump to: navigation, search Richard Milhous Nixon (January 9, 1913 – April 22, 1994) was the thirty-seventh President of the United States, serving from 1969 to 1974. ... Jump to: navigation, search 1952 was a leap year starting on Tuesday (link will take you to calendar). ... The Democratic Party is one of the two major political parties in the United States. ...

In 1964, he was one of only two Senators to vote against the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution (Alaska senator Ernest Gruening was the other), which authorized further United States involvement in the Vietnam War. Partially as a result, Morse lost his seat in the 1968 election to Bob Packwood by 3,000 votes. Jump to: navigation, search 1964 was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will take you to calendar). ... Chart showing the US Navy’s interpretation of the events of the first part of the Gulf of Tonkin incident The Gulf of Tonkin Incident was originally presented as a pair of battles initiated by North Vietnamese gunboats without provocation against two U.S. destroyers, that took place in August... Jump to: navigation, search State nickname: The Last Frontier, The Land of the Midnight Sun Other U.S. States Capital Juneau Largest city Anchorage Governor Frank Murkowski (R) Senators Ted Stevens (R) Lisa Murkowski (R) Official languages English Area 663,267 mi² / 1,717,854 km² (1st)  - Land 571,951... Bronze by George Anthonisen. ... Jump to: navigation, search The Vietnam War or Second Indochina War was a conflict between the Democratic Republic of Vietnam (DRVN, or North Vietnam), allied with the National Liberation Front (NLF, or Viet Cong) against the Republic of Vietnam (RVN, or South Vietnam), and its allies—notably the United States... Jump to: navigation, search 1968 was a leap year starting on Monday (the link is to a full 1968 calendar). ... Robert William Packwood Robert William Bob Packwood (born September 11, 1932) was a American politician from Oregon for the Republican Party. ...

Morse spent the remaining years of his life attempting to regain his seat. He was the Democratic nominee for the Senate in 1972 but lost to incumbent Mark Hatfield. He won his party's primary again two years later, setting up a return match against Packwood, but died before the general election. Jump to: navigation, search 1972 (MCMLXXII) was a leap year that started on a Saturday. ... Jump to: navigation, search Mark Hatfield Mark Odom Hatfield (born July 12, 1922) is an American politician from Oregon. ...

In 2006, Morse is slated to receive his name on the new U.S. Courthouse in downtown Eugene. This is in addition to his name on an events center at Northwest Christian College in Eugene, as well recognition in the Wayne Morse Commons of the University of Oregon's William W. Knight Law Library. Also housed in the UO Law Center is the Wayne Morse Center for Law and Politics. The Lane County Courthouse in Eugene renovated and rededicated its adjacent Wayne L. Morse Free Speech Plaza in the Spring of 2005, complete with life size statue and quotation pavers. The Morse family's 26 acre Eugene, Oregon property and home, Edgewood Farm, are a National Historic Site. The Morse Ranch, as it is now named, is operated by the City of Eugene as a multi-use park . Interpretive and educational outreach through the site are administered by the non-profit Wayne Morse Historical Park Corporation in order to preserve the Morse Legacy.

Preceded by:
Rufus C. Holman
U.S. Senator (Class 3) from Oregon
Succeeded by:
Bob Packwood

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Wayne L. Morse: A Political Maverick (5063 words)
Morse had agreed with certain goals of the China Lobby, namely the prevention of the US recognition of Red China and seating it in the UN, ousting government officials that were opposed to financing the return of Chiang-Kai Shek, and helping to elect those friendly to Chiang in China.
Morse's continued assault on the practice of wiretapping was not fruitless and in June of 1954 the bill died before the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Senator Morse's ability to use the proper methods to discipline Senator McCarthy was not another case of him bowing to McCarthy's power; it was a representation of the profound respect he had for civil liberties.
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