Claiborne Pell

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Birthday
22, 1918
Birthplace
New York
Death Date
Jan 1, 2009 (90)
Birth Sign
Sagittarius
Birthday
22, 1918
Birthplace
New York
Death Date
Jan 1, 2009 (90)

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Rhode Island senator who established the eponymous college grant program which helps countless lower and middle class students afford higher education. He was in the Senate from 1961 to 1997.

Before Fame

He said his motivation for creating his grant program came from his own experiences going to college in the GI Bill after WW II.

Trivia

He was Rhode Island's longest-serving senator at the time of his retirement and he was the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations from 1987 to 1995.

Family Life

He came from a wealthy family that could trace its origins back to a land charter by King George III of England.

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In the Senate he was a supporter of Lyndon Johnson's widening of the military action in Indochina, but opposed Ronald Reagan 's support of the Nicaraguan guerrillas.

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