TYDINGS, Millard Evelyn

1890–1961

Biography

TYDINGS, Millard Evelyn, (father of Joseph Davies Tydings), a Representative and a Senator from Maryland; born in Havre de Grace, Harford County, Md., April 6, 1890; attended the public schools of Harford County; graduated from Maryland Agricultural College (now the University of Maryland) in 1910; engaged in civil engineering with the Baltimore Ohio Railroad in West Virginia in 1911; studied law at the University of Maryland Law School, Baltimore, Md.; admitted to the bar and commenced practice in Havre de Grace in 1913; member, State house of delegates 1916-1921; speaker of the house 1920-1922; served as a private on the Mexican border at Eagle Pass, Tex., 1916; enlisted as a private in the First World War in 1917; promoted to lieutenant colonel and division machine-gun officer in 1918; served in Germany with the Army of Occupation; discharged from the service in 1919; author; member, State senate 1922-1923; elected as a Democrat to the Sixty-eighth and Sixty-ninth Congresses (March 4, 1923-March 3, 1927); was not a candidate for renomination in 1926, having become a candidate for United States Senator; elected as a Democrat to the United States Senate in 1926, 1932, 1938 and 1944 and served from March 4, 1927, to January 3, 1951; was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1950; chairman, Committee on Territories and Insular Possessions (Seventy-third through Seventy-ninth Congresses), Committee on Armed Services (Eighty-first Congress); nominated in 1956 as Democratic candidate for the United States Senate but withdrew before election due to ill health; engaged in the practice of law in Washington, D.C., and Baltimore, Md.; died at his farm, 'Oakington,' near Havre de Grace, Md., February 9, 1961; interment in Angel Hill Cemetery.

View Record in the Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress

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External Research Collections

Hagley Museum and Library

Greenville, DE
Papers: In Irenee du Pont papers, 1784-1957; and John J. Raskob Democratic National Committee papers, 1928-1938.

Johns Hopkins University
Milton S. Eisenhower Library

Baltimore, MD
Papers: 16 letters (1932, 1937, 1939, 1941-1947) in Bowman, Gilman, and Arthur O. Lovejoy papers.

Maryland Historical Society

Baltimore, MD
Papers: Letters (1940) in the George Radcliffe papers.

State Historical Society of Wisconsin
Archives Division

Madison, WI
Papers: Correspondence in William Theodore Evjue papers, 1905-1969.

University of Maryland
Historical Manuscripts, Special Collections

College Park, MD
Papers: 1881-1962. 30.25 linear feet, 53 reels microfilm, 103 items. Correspondence, speeches, reports, publications, scrapbooks, cartoons, sound recordings, campaign files, photographs, and memorabilia relating to political career, primarily in the U.S. Senate. Topics include election campaigns, the Philippine Islands, McCarthyism, the economy, disarmament, the House Un-American Activities Committee, Amerasia, and World War I infantry manuals. Notes found among the Tydings papers indicate that the senator burned a major portion of his papers between his defeat in 1950 and 1956. Finding aid.
Additional Papers: Correspondence in Harry Clifton Byrd papers, 1917-1970. Finding aid.

University of Michigan
Bentley Historical Library

Ann Arbor, MI
Papers: Correspondence in Frank Murphy papers, 1908-1949. Finding aid.

Yale University Libraries
Manuscripts and Archives

New Haven, CT
Papers: In Charles Parsons papers, 1880-1965.
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Bibliography / Further Reading

Ditzen, Eleanor Davies Tydings. Born with a Golden Spoon: Memoirs of a Capital Lady. Lanham, MD: Madison Books, 1997.

Grant, Philip A., Jr. "Maryland Press Reaction to the Roosevelt-Tydings Confrontation." Maryland Historical Magazine 68 (Winter 1973): 422-37.

Keith, Caroline H. For Hell and a Brown Mule: The Biography of Senator Millard E. Tydings. Lanham, MD: Madison Books, 1991.

Tydings, Millard Evelyn. Before and After Prohibition. New York: Macmillan Co., 1930.

___. Counter-Attack: A Battle Plan to Meet the Depression. Indianapolis: Bobbs-Merrill Co., 1933.

___. The Machine Gunners of the Blue and Gray Division. Aberdeen, MD: Harford Printing Publishing Co., 1920.

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