Alan MacGregor Cranston 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, he was elected to the Senate in 1968. He served as the Senate Democratic Whip from 1977 to 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.
|Born||Alan MacGregor Cranston, June 19, 1914, Palo Alto, California, U.S.|
|Died||December 31, 2000, Los Altos, California, U.S.|
|Education||Stanford University (BA)|
|Preceded by||Frank Murkowski|
|Succeeded by||Jay Rockefeller|
American journalist and Democratic politician who served as a U.S. Senator from California from 1969 to 1993.
He worked as an editor and a writer for the magazine Common Ground before enlisting in the armed forces in 1944.
In 1939, Hitler's publisher sued him for copyright violation after he published his own translation of Hitler's Mein Kampf, which left in the antisemitism that the English translation censored.
He had two children with his first wife Geneva.
His final act as a Senator was presiding over the inauguration of Bill Clinton as President of the United States on January 20, 1993.
- Global Security Institute - The Global Security Institute is a largely private, non-governmental international organization with a mission to eliminate nuclear weapons through international cooperation and security.
- State Controllers of California
- World federalists
- Pomona College alumni
- Journalists from California
- National Autonomous University of Mexico alumni
Latest information about Alan Cranston updated on June 14 2021.