Everett McKinley Dirksen Biography, Life, Interesting Facts

Former US Senator

Everett McKinley Dirksen

Birthday :

January 4, 1896

Died On :

September 7, 1969

Birth Place :

Pekin, Illinois, United States of America

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Everett Dirksen cropped up as an influential politician in the United States. His political point of view made him to glamor the U.S House of Representatives. For his entire life, he represented Illinois as the United States Senator. His bombastic manner tagged him a fictitious name ‘The Wizard of Ooze.' He helped the Civil Rights Act that was enacted in 1964 to 1968 through his writing. He also became an active participant in the course of Voting Rights Act that was preceded in 1965.Besides; Everett played a significant role during his Senate rule. His witty and presentable nature made him possess a negotiate tongue that other members envied.

Childhood And Early Life

On January 4, 1896, Everett McKinley was born in Perkin, Illinois, the United States to Antje Dirksen and Johann Friedrich Dirksen. After his father death, Antje bought a medium-sized farm in a small town called Beantown to support her family. After attending several schools, he joined the University Of Minnesota Law School. He dropped in the middle where he opted to attend the United States Army in the course of World War I. Here he worked as a second lieutenant. He later joined the Reformed Church in America. Before the end of the war, he tried to venture into business without success. Since his childhood days, Everett Dirksen was encouraged by his mother to read more and work extra hard. The short books and notes tested his creative nature that he wrote during his free time. He managed to write plays in partnership with his long-term classmate, Hubert Ropp.



Everett Dirksen commenced with his political interest in 1927 as the head of the finance commissioner of Pekin. This happened after he was selected to chair the Pekin City Council. He managed to pass the Lend-Lease amendment bill by discussing planning procedurals. His re-election was paused due to a short ailment which he returned after two years where he was selected as a U.S Senator. There and then he turned into an incredible Senator where he received global support.

He came to support the presidential participant; Robert A. Taft in 1952.His aim was for Robert to win the presidential seat without any judgment. He, therefore, went against General Dwight Eisenhower rulership where he spoke ailing words about his party. After seven years, Everett Dirksen served as the Senate Minority Leader where he succeeded John Sherman Cooper. He later partnered with Charles Halleck where they became the solemn voice of the Republicans.

In the mid of 1965, Everett Dirksen took part in the forwarding of the Voting Rights Acts. He went along and managed to win the 1968 election as the Senate Minority Leader where he held the rank till his demise. In the process, Dirksen was allowed to write about the passing of the Civil Rights in 1968.It happened that in 1967 he recorded four different albums where one ‘Gallant Men’ was released in 1967.For his amicable work, Everett won a Grammy Award in 1968 for having the Best Documentary Recording.


Personal Life And Legacy

Everett Dirksen married Louella Carver in 1927.Due to health issues, Dirksen underwent a surgical removal (lobectomy).He battled with lung cancer and was last seen alive on September 7, in 1969.In his honor, a Senate building was named after his name ‘Dirksen Senate Office Building.'

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