SIMON, Paul Martin



SIMON, Paul Martin, a Representative and Senator from Illinois; born in Eugene, Lane County, Oreg., November 29, 1928; attended the public schools of Eugene and Concordia Academy High School, Portland, Oreg.; attended the University of Oregon, Eugene 1945-1946 and Dana College, Blair, Nebr., 1946-1948; pursued career as a newspaper editor and publisher in Troy, Ill., eventually building a chain of fourteen weeklies; served in the United States Army 1951-1953; teacher at Sangamon State University, Springfield, Ill., 1972-1973, and Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government 1973; served in the Illinois house of representatives 1955-1963 and in the Illinois State senate 1963-1968; lieutenant governor of Illinois 1969-1973; author; elected as a Democrat to the Ninety-fourth Congress in 1974 and reelected to the four succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1975-January 3, 1985); was not a candidate for reelection in 1984 to the House of Representatives, but was elected to the United States Senate; reelected in 1990 and served from January 3, 1985, to January 3, 1997; was not a candidate for reelection in 1996; unsuccessful candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination in 1988; director, Paul Simon Public Policy Institute, Southern Illinois University, 1997-2003; was a resident of Carbondale, Ill., until his death following heart surgery in Springfield, Ill., on December 9, 2003; interment in a family plot near Makanda, Ill.

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

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External Research Collections

Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library

Springfield, IL
Papers: 1948-1973, 1977-1985. 309.5 cubic feet. Congressional, business, and personal correspondence and papers; photographs; and memorabilia documenting his career as state legislator, lieutenant governor, and congressman. Personal pursuits, including teaching and writing activities, are also documented. Finding aid. Closed.

Library of Congress
Manuscript Division

Washington, DC
Papers: Correspondence in Frederick D. Patterson papers, 1861-1988. Finding aid.

Radcliffe College
Schlesinger Library

Cambridge, MA
Papers: Correspondence in Edith Spurlock Sampson papers, 1927-1979 (bulk 1934-1979). Finding aid.

Sangamon State University
Brookens Library

Springfield, IL
Papers: Correspondence in James Carson Worthy papers, 1961-1971. Finding aid.
Oral History: Interview.

Southern Illinois University

Carbondale, IL
Papers: 1928-2003 (Bulk 1984-2003). 1286 cubic feet.The Paul Simon papers consist of materials primarily from Simon's Senate (1985-1997) and post-Senate (1997-2003) career. There are some thirty feet of personal papers, including typescripts of many of the books he authored, three feet of material from his time as Lieutenant Governor of Illinois, 51 record cartons from his service in the U. S. House of Representatives, and 115 record cartons from his political campaigns. The Senate material includes some 320 record cartons related to Simon's legislative activities, including his service on the Foreign Relations Committee, the Select Committee on Indian Affairs, the Judiciary Committee, and Labor and Human Resources Committee. There are also press files and office files. Constituent correspondence was sampled in Washington before being sent to SIUC. The material from his post-Senate career as director of the Public Policy Institute at Southern Illinois University Carbondale (later renamed the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute) includes subject files, research and publication files, and correspondence. There are several linear feet of photographs spanning his career, as well as audio/visual materials and artifacts. Simon's career is also documented by twenty large scrapbooks. There is some 100 cubic feet of framed art, awards and plaques and other memorabilia. Finding aid available online.

University of Illinois
Illinois Historical Survey

Urbana, IL
Papers: Correspondence in Samuel Gove Kimball papers, 1948-1978. Finding aid.

University of Minnesota
Immigration History Research Center

St. Paul, MN
Papers: Corespondence in Maurice R. Marchello papers, 1922-1973. Finding aid.
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Bibliography / Further Reading

Simon, Jeanne. Codename Scarlett: Life on the Campaign Trail. New York: Continuum, 1989.

Hartley, Robert E. Paul Simon: The Political Journey of an Illinois Original. Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press, 2009.

Simon, Paul. Advice Consent: Clarence Thomas, Robert Bork, and the Intriguing History of the Supreme Court's Nomination Battles. Washington: National Press Books, 1992.

___. Beginnings: Senator Paul Simon Speaks to Young Americans. New York: Continuum, 1986.

___. Freedom's Champion--Elijah Lovejoy. Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press, 1994.

___. The Glass House: Politics and Morality in the Nation's Capital. New York: Continuum, 1984.

___. A Hungry World. St. Louis: Concordia Publishing House, 1966.

___. Let's Put America Back to Work. Chicago: Bonus Books, 1987.

___. Lincoln's Preparation for Greatness: The Illinois Legislative Years. 1965. Reprint. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1971.

___. Lovejoy, Martyr to Freedom. St. Louis, Concordia, 1964.

___. The Once and Future Democrats: Strategies for Change. New York: Continuum, 1982.

___. Our Culture of Pandering. Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press, 2003.

___. P.S.: The Autobiography of Paul Simon. Chicago: Bonus Books, 1999.

___. The Tongue-Tied American: Confronting the Foreign Language Crisis. New York: Continuum, 1980.

___. We Can Do Better: Criticism, Praise, and Advice to President Clinton. Washington: National Press Books, 1994.

___. Winners and Losers: The 1988 Race for the Presidency--One Candidate's Perspective. New York: Continuum, 1989.

___. You Want to Change the World? So Change It! New York: T. Nelson, 1971.

Simon, Paul, and Arthur Simon. The Politics of World Hunger: Grass-Roots Politics and World Poverty. New York: Harper's Magazine Press, 1973.

Simon, Paul, and Jeanne Simon. Protestant-Catholic Marriages Can Succeed. New York: Association Press, 1967.

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