U.S. Democratic Senator from the State of Mississippi: John C. Stennis Interview
Sign in to YouTube
Sign in to YouTube
Sign in to YouTube
Published on May 23, 2012
John Cornelius Stennis (August 3, 1901 -- April 23, 1995) was a U.S. Senator from the state of Mississippi. He was a Democrat who served in the Senate for over 41 years, becoming its most senior member by his retirement.
Upon the death of Senator Theodore Bilbo in 1947, Stennis won the special election to fill the vacancy, winning the seat from a field of five candidates (including two sitting Congressmen: John E. Rankin and William M. Colmer). He remained in the Senate until 1989. From 1947 to 1978, he served alongside Eastland; thus Stennis spent 31 years as Mississippi's junior Senator, even though he had more seniority than most of his other colleagues. He and Eastland were at the time the longest serving Senate duo in American history, later broken by the South Carolina duo of Strom Thurmond and Fritz Hollings. He later developed a good relationship with Eastland's successor, Republican Thad Cochran.
Stennis wrote the first Senate ethics code, and was the first chairman of the Senate Ethics Committee.
In 1973, Stennis was almost fatally wounded by two gunshots after being mugged outside his Washington home. In October 1973, during the Watergate scandal, the Nixon administration proposed the Stennis compromise, wherein the hard-of-hearing Stennis would listen to the contested Oval Office tapes and report on their contents, but this plan went nowhere. Time Magazine ran a picture of John Stennis that read :"Technical Assistance Needed." The picture had his hand cupped around his ear.
Stennis lost his left leg to cancer in 1984.
He was unanimously selected President pro tempore of the Senate during the 100th Congress (1987--1989). During his Senate career he chaired, at various times, the Select Committee on Standards and Conduct, and the Armed Services, and Appropriations committees. Because of his work with the Armed Services committee (1969--1980) he became known as the "Father of America's Modern Navy", and he was subsequently honored by having a supercarrier, USS John C. Stennis (CVN-74) named after him. He is one of only two members of Congress to be so honored, the other being former Georgia Democrat Carl Vinson.
Stennis was a supporter of racial segregation. In the 1950s and 1960s he vigorously opposed the Voting Rights Act, the Civil Rights Act of 1964 as well as the Civil Rights Act of 1968 and he signed the Southern Manifesto of 1956, supporting filibuster tactics to block or delay passage in all cases.
Earlier, as a prosecutor, he sought the conviction and execution of three share croppers whose murder confessions had been extracted by torture, including flogging. The convictions were overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court in the landmark case of Brown v. Mississippi (1936) that banned the use of evidence obtained by torture. The transcript of the trial indicates Stennis was fully aware that the suspects had been tortured.
As time went on, Stennis became more supportive of civil rights legislation. He supported the 1982 extension of the Voting Rights Act, though he voted against establishing Martin Luther King, Jr. Day as a federal holiday. Stennis campaigned (along with Governor Bill Allain) for Mike Espy in 1986 during Espy's successful bid to become the first black Congressman from the state since the end of Reconstruction.
Stennis was the first Democrat to publicly criticize Joseph McCarthy on the Senate floor during the Red Scare. This stood in marked contrast to Eastland, who was a staunch supporter of McCarthy.
Stennis opposed President Ronald Reagan's nomination of Robert Bork to the U.S. Supreme Court. On October 23, 1987, Stennis voted with six Republicans and all but two Democrats to provide the 42-to-58 refusal to confirm the Bork nomination.
Standard YouTube License
- 10:43 The Root of White Supremacy (The 10% Blood Suckers): Hon. Minister Louis Farrakhan "Speaks"by MosqueNo7Featured 35,522
- 28:33 Joyce Meyer - Your Mouth & Gods Power (Pt2)by Firedupforever 2,311 views
- 30:24 Robert Bork: Supreme Court Nomination Hearings from PBS NewsHour and EMK Instituteby EMKInstitute 22,871 views
- 10:43 Ole Miss: Facing the Changeby TheWorkingGroup 4,613 views
- 59:30 The 700 Club - Evening Edition - January 3, 2012 - CBN.comby CBNonline 6,794 views
- 9:45 South Carolina: State of Conflict - Part 1by Sean Junkins 4,130 views
- 15:55 Bill Moyer Interviews Fritz Hollingsby go43dfx 784 views
- 2:50 Chuck Todd on Dems' Lack Of Outrage Over IRS Scandal: 'More Legs Politically' In 2014 Than Benghaziby WeAreTheSavageNation 745 views
- 14:36 LONGINES CHRONOSCOPE WITH RICHARD B. RUSSELLby PublicResourceOrg 954 views
- 1:40:46 Political Figures, Lawyers, Politicians, Journalists, Social Activists (1950s Interviews)by thefilmarchives 30,901 views
- 13:03 INTERVIEW: Say Anything 24/05/11by Punktastic 3,314 views
- 3:40 Mississippi locals talk about gay people intro p.3by Michael Pardue 901 views
- 14:40 LONGINES CHRONOSCOPE WITH SEN. EVERETT M. DIRKSENby PublicResourceOrg 911 views
- 2:52 The Temptations - Since i lost my baby (HQ)by TheOldrecordclub 151,836 views
- 10:36 What is America's True Form of Government?by Kennedy1op 169,362 views
- 6:01 Bill Cunningham & Hannity Shouting Match With Dem Guest: IRS Was Actively Working To Re-Elect Obamaby MichaelSavage4Prez 1,528 views
- 12:43 Herman Talmadge 1974 Interviewby guyjohn59 598 views
- 9:11 Bill Moyers Fritz Hollings Money Kills Politics--1. sickhorses.comby tmabomb 2,338 views
- 3:15 Black History in the USA: Banned Cartoonby Asad1969 730,623 views
- 1:51 KKK celebrates Sen. Byrds passing.by makeinstall 1,398 views
- Loading more suggestions...