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Ted Stevens's Death

Ted Stevens

The life and death of Ted Stevens:

He was the longest serving Republican senator in U.S. history, representing the state of Alaska from December 24, 1968 until January 3, 2009.

A Hoosier at birth, Theodore Fulton Stevens was born in Indianapolis, the third of four children. His family later lived in Chicago where his father George worked as an accountant before losing his job during the Great Depression.

Around the same time, when Ted was only six, his parents divorced and Stevens and his three siblings went back to Indianapolis to live with their paternal grandparents.

Their mother Gertrude moved to California and sent for Steven's siblings when she could afford it. But Ted remained in Indianapolis, helping to care for his father and a mentally disabled cousin. He also helped to support the family as a newsboy.

Steven's family life grew even more complicated. In 1934 when his grandfather fell down a flight of steps, contracted pneumonia and died. Ted's own father died of lung cancer in 1957.

He married Ann Mary Charrington in early 1952 and they had three sons.

Ted Stevens and Ann Mary Charrington

But she died in the 1978 plane crash that killed five people.

Ann Mary Charrington plane crash

However, Ted survived that crash and he remarried in 1980. He and his second wife Catherine had a daughter named Lily.

Ted Stevens with his second wife

Starting with his service in World War II…

Ted Stevens during WWII

…Ted Stevens worked six decades in the American public sector.

After attending UCLA'S and Harvard Law School, Stevens worked at a Washington D. C. law firm, and then joined the Eisenhower Administration's Interior Department and was elected to the Alaska House of Representatives in 1964.

Ted gained appointment to an Alaska Senate seat in 1968 and then won re-election several times.

But in 2008, he was involved in a federal corruption case.

Ted Stevens, 2008

Specifically he was accused of failing to properly report gifts and had his mug shot taken.

Ted Stevens mugshot

Once convicted, Stevens was only the fifth sitting U.S Senator to be found guilty by a jury.

There were bipartisan calls for his resignation after the October 27, 2008 conviction and Stevens subsequently narrowly lost his reelection battle a few weeks later to Democrat challenger Mark Begich, by less than four thousand votes.

Ironically, the indictment was later dismissed and the conviction overturned on April 7, 2009

But now out of office, Stevens died on August 9, 2010 when he and several others were killed in a plane crash while flying to a private fishing lodge in Alaska.

Ted Stevens plane crash

About 3000 people, including Vice President Joe Biden and former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, attended his funeral services at the Anchorage Baptist Temple on August 18, 2010.

And Stevens was buried at Arlington National Cemetery on September 28 of that year.

Ted Stevens grave

Also, the international airport in Anchorage is named after him.

Ted Stevens Airport in Anchorage