Leonard B. Jordan

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Leonard B. Jordan

Leonard Beck "Len" Jordan (born May 15, 1899 in Mount Pleasant , Sanpete County , Utah , † June 30, 1983 in Boise , Idaho ) was an American politician and from 1951 to 1955 governor of the state of Idaho. Between 1962 and 1973 he represented his state in the US Senate .

Early years and political advancement

Leonard Jordan attended public schools in Enterprise , Oregon . During the First World War he was a first lieutenant in the US Army . After the war he continued his education by studying at the University of Oregon until 1923. After that he worked as a rancher in Wallowa . Jordan had been based in Idaho since 1941. He became a member of the Republican Party and was a member of the Idaho legislature from 1947 to 1949. In 1950, Leonard Jordan was elected as the new governor of his state.

Governor of Idaho

Jordan took up his new office on January 1, 1951. During his four-year term in office, the education system was reformed and better financed, and a long-term program to expand the motorways was launched. Slot machines were banned in Idaho. Some administrative institutions were merged. After his governorship ended on January 3, 1955, Jordan was appointed by President Dwight D. Eisenhower to chair the International Joint Commission , composed of members from Canada and the United States. It was particularly about the expansion of the St. Lawrence Seaway . Jordan held this office until 1957. However, he took a longer vacation in 1956, during which he researched the water reserves in Afghanistan for a company .

US Senator

After the death of US Senator Henry Dworshak , Leonard Jordan was appointed as his successor on August 6, 1962 and confirmed in an official by-election on November 6. After a regular election in 1966, Jordan was able to exercise his mandate in Congress until January 2, 1973. After he had not run again in 1972, his seat went to James A. McClure .

After his tenure in the Senate ended, Jordan retired from politics. He died in 1983. Governor Jordan had three children with his wife, Grace Edgington.


  • Robert Sobel and John Raimo (Eds.): Biographical Directory of the Governors of the United States, 1789–1978. Volume 1, Meckler Books, Westport, 1978. 4 volumes.

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