Charles McC. Mathias Jr. dies
Charles McC. Mathias Jr., a three-term U.S. senator from Maryland who often clashed with his party’s leaders over court nominations, the Vietnam War and social issues as one of the last unabashed Republican liberals in the Senate, died Monday at his home in Chevy Chase. He had Parkinson’s disease.
Sen. Mathias was elected to the House of Representatives in 1960 as a moderate Republican, but he soon found himself out of step with a party that was moving increasingly to the right. During his four terms in the House, he helped sponsor civil rights legislation, called for a halt to U.S. bombing of North Vietnam and mapped out a political direction built, in his words, on principle rather than political expediency.
| January 25, 2010; 8:35 PM ET
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