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Claiborne Pell (1918–2009) was Rhode Island’s longest serving U.S. senator, with six consecutive terms from 1961 to 1997. A liberal Democrat, Pell is best known as the sponsor of the Pell Grants. He was also the force behind the creation of the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities, and a visionary in high-speed rail transportation and other areas. An early environmentalist and opponent of the Vietnam War, Pell left his mark on several treaties and peace initiatives.
Born into the wealthy family that settled the Bronx, New York, Pell married Nuala O’Donnell, an heiress to the A&P fortune. He lived on the waterfront in exclusive Newport, Rhode Island, yet was a favorite of blue-collar voters. Frugal and quirky, he believed in ESP and UFOs, and was often seen jogging in a sports coat and shorts. Both his hard work and his personality left an indelible mark on this small but influential state—and on America. This lively biography was written with the cooperation of the senator’s family, and with exclusive access to family records and the extensive archives at the University of Rhode Island.
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About the Author
G. WAYNE MILLER is a filmmaker, staff writer at the Providence Journal, and author of seven books.
Table of Contents
Prologue: A Cold Winter Day
The Most Unlikely Candidate
Land and Sea
Heart and Soul
Epilogue: The Shade of a Copper Beech
Illustrations follow page 182
What People are Saying About This
“His sense of honor, integrity, decency and dignity remain timeless. They are the values and traits that are always needed in such a heterogeneous democracy as ours.”
“He was a senator for our time and for all time. He was an original.”
“He was the right kind of aristocrat: a champion by choice, not circumstance, of the common good and our common future and our common dreams, in a long life of grace, generous spirit, kind heart, and determination, right to the very end.”
“Senator Pell will long be remembered for helping millions of young people achieve success by making a college education more accessible through the grant program which bears his name.”