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James Blackwood Pearson

Politician. Republican. Born: May 7, 1920, Nashville, Tennessee. Died: January 13,  2009, Gloucester, Massachusetts. Served in U.S. Senate: January 31, 1962 – December 23, 1978.

Born May 7, 1920, in Nashville, Tennessee, James B. PearsonJames Blackwood Pearson moved to Kansas after service in World War II. He started a law practice in Mission and quickly became involved in local politics. Pearson served as assistant county attorney and probate judge for Johnson County, and in 1956 he was elected to the state senate. In 1962, he was appointed to fill the Senate vacancy left by Andrew Schoeppel's death, and was reelected twice to that position, retiring in 1979. A progressive Republican who spoke out against the Vietnam War as early as 1970, Pearson spent the last years of his life in Gloucester, Mass., where he died on January 13, 2009

Entry: Pearson, James Blackwood

Author: Kansas Historical Society

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Date Created: June 2011

Date Modified: May 2012

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