Alben W. Barkley Quotes

I am not one of those senators who feel it is necessary for the Senate to pass a resolution binding the membership to be honorable men. If I thought it was necessary to pass a resolution to make us honorable, I would not want to be a member of this body.

 
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There was rationing during World War II, and California Senator Sheridan Downey introduced a resolution calling on Senators to accept rationing restrictions and not use their position to evade the restrictions:
Alben W. Barkley
Alben W. Barkley
  • Born: November 24, 1877
  • Died: April 30, 1956
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Vice President

Alben William Barkley was an American lawyer and politician from Kentucky who served in both houses of Congress and as the 35th vice president of the United States from 1949 to 1953. In 1905, he was elected county attorney for McCracken County, Kentucky. He was chosen County Judge/Executive in 1909 and U.S. representative from Kentucky's First District in 1912. As a Representative, he was a liberal Democrat, supporting President Woodrow Wilson's New Freedom domestic agenda and foreign policy.