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Thomas Terry Connally

Also Known As: ""Tom""
Birthdate: (86)
Birthplace: Hewitt, McLennan, TX, USA
Death: October 28, 1963 (86)
Washington, District of Columbia, DC, USA
Immediate Family:

Son of Jones Connally and Mary Ellen Connally
Husband of Lucile Sheppard

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About Tom Connally, U.S. Senator

Thomas Terry "Tom" Connally (August 19, 1877 – October 28, 1963) was an American politician, who represented Texas in both the U.S. Senate and the House of Representatives, as a member of the Democratic Party. He served in the US House of Representative from 1917–1928, and the US Senate from 1929 - 1953.

Professional accomplishments

As Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, he was instrumental in the ratification of the treaty creating the North Atlantic Treaty Organization[citation needed]. He was also a member and vice-chairman to the United Nations Conference on International Organization in 1945 that chartered the United Nations.

Connally was the author of the noted "Connally Reservation," which amended the U.S. ratification of the U.N. charter to bar the International Court of Justice from having jurisdiction over domestic matters '"as determined by the United States"'. The self-defining proviso was and is seen as something of a repudiation of the authority of the world court. From an American perspective, the proviso would protect the U.S. against potential overreach by the international group.

The Connally Hot Oil Act of 1935 bears his name. The bill attempted to circumvent the Supreme Court rejection of a key part of New Deal legislation.

On October 20, 1951, when General Mark Wayne Clark was nominated by President Harry Truman to be the U.S. emissary to the Holy See, Connally protested the decision along with other Protestant groups and Clark later withdrew his nomination on January 13, 1952.

Personal life

Connally's first wife was Cincinnati Conservatory trained vocalist Louise Clarkson of Marlin, Texas who died in his senate chamber office of a sudden heart attack in 1935. Their son was Houston attorney Ben Clarkson Connally, a Federal District Judge. Connally was a widower when he married Lucile Sanderson, who was the widow of the other Texas senator, Morris Sheppard. Connally was the step-grandfather of Lucille's grandson, Connie Mack, III, a Republican U.S. Senator from Florida (1989–2001), and the step-great-grandfather of Mack's son, Connie Mack, IV, U.S. Representative from Florida. He is buried in Marlin, Texas next to his first wife in Calvary Cemetery. He was the first cousin twice removed of Governor John B. Connally, Jr..

While studying at the University of Texas law School, Connally was a close friend of future Governor of Texas Pat Neff and future U. S. Senator Morris Sheppard.

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Tom Connally, U.S. Senator's Timeline

August 19, 1877
Hewitt, McLennan, TX, USA
October 28, 1963
Age 86
Washington, District of Columbia, DC, USA