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Alan MacGregor Cranston

Birthplace: Palo Alto, Santa Clara County, CA, United States
Death: December 31, 2000 (86)
Los Altos, Santa Clara County, CA, United States
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Son of William MacGregor Cranston and Carol Cranston

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About Alan Cranston, U.S. Senator

Alan MacGregor Cranston (June 19, 1914 – December 31, 2000) was an American politician and journalist who served as a United States Senator from California, from 1969 to 1993, and as President of the World Federalist Association from 1949 to 1952.

Born in Palo Alto, California, Cranston worked as a journalist after graduating from Stanford University. After serving as California State Controller, Cranston won election to the Senate in 1968. He became the Senate Democratic Whip in 1977 and held that position until 1991. In 1984, Cranston sought the Democratic presidential nomination, advocating a nuclear freeze during the later stages of the Cold War. He dropped out after the first set of primaries.

In 1991, the Senate Ethics Committee reprimanded Cranston for his role in the savings and loan crisis as a member of the Keating Five. After being diagnosed with prostate cancer, he decided not to run for a fifth term. After his retirement from the Senate, he served as president of the Global Security Institute and advocated for the global abolition of nuclear weapons.

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June 19, 1914
Palo Alto, Santa Clara County, CA, United States
December 31, 2000
Age 86
Los Altos, Santa Clara County, CA, United States