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Charles H. Percy
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U.S. Senator
    (September 27, 1919-September 17, 2011)
    Born in Pensacola, Florida
    President of Bell & Howell Corporation (1949-64)
    US Senator from Illinois (1967-85)
    Chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee (1981-85)
    Father-in-law of Senator Jay Rockefeller
    He tried to get Illinois business men to contribute a total of $100,000 a year to cover his office expenses as a Senator; the plan was dropped when it inevitably led to comparisons with Nixon's 'Checkers fund.'
    He described himself as 'fervently moderate.'
    Despite being a Republican, he averaged a 52% rating from the liberal Americans for Democratic Action and only 30% from the American Conservative Union.
    He so ticked off his own party's right wing that the Illinois Conservative Union endorsed his Democratic opponent (1978).
    He saved his bacon during that campaign by making a weepy appearance on TV telling voters, 'I got your message.'
    He then adopted more conservative positions on foreign policy and defense spending, only to have his next opponent, Paul Simon, run ads asking 'Where will Charles Percy stand tomorrow? Only his pollster knows for sure.'
    Conservative Republicans declined to campaign for him against Simon, since Percy's defeat allowed Jesse Helms to head the Foreign Relations Committee.
    He served with the Navy during WWII.
    His first wife, Jeanne Dickerson, died from an allergic reaction to penicillin (1947).
    He was married to his second wife, Loraine Guyer, for 61 years until his death.
    When he was president of Bell & Howell, annual sales increased from $13 million to $148 million.
    During his first Senate campaign, his daughter Valerie was murdered at the family home by an intruder. The killing was never solved.
    During a fact-finding tour in Vietnam, he came under mortar fire (1967).
    He was the first Senator to request an independent investigator into Watergate, saying 'A simple and very basic question is at issue: Should the executive branch investigate itself? I do not think so.'
    He described himself as 'a conservative on money issues and a liberal on people issues.'

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