Former Sen. Moynihan dead at 76

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Former Sen. Moynihan dead at 76
Wed, 03-26-2003 - 5:28pm

Scholar and lawmaker served in Senate for 24 years


WASHINGTON, March 26 — Former Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan, a New York City shoe shine boy who became an iconoclastic scholar-politician and served four terms in the Senate, died Wednesday. He was 76.

THE NEW YORK DEMOCRAT and former U.N. ambassador had been in ill health. He was hospitalized in January for an intestinal disorder, and again soon after for a back injury. His latest setback was an infection after an emergency appendectomy on March 11 at the Washington Hospital Center.

Moynihan served in the Senate from 1977 to 2001. He was succeeded by Hillary Rodham Clinton, who announced her Senate candidacy in a torch-passing news conference at Moynihan’s farm in July 1999.

She announced his death Wednesday on the Senate floor.

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Thu, 03-27-2003 - 6:45am
Great public servant.

This article gives more info. about his accomplishments.



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Registered: 03-23-2003
Thu, 03-27-2003 - 3:34pm
A fascinating man with an incredible legacy. I'm going to see if I can find a biography (in book form!) at the library...

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Fri, 03-28-2003 - 11:58am
Moynihan was a Democrat, but often took sensible, hard-line positions. I remember back in the mid-nineties, even Rush Limbaugh paid tribute to him, becaiuse he suggested attacking the North Korean nuclear plant. When asked if this would cause fallout, he said "it might" in a tone which indicated that this possibility should not be used to rule out the idea. I couldn't help but be amused and , to respect Moynihan's view.