The Library Celebrates the Career of Senator John Warner & Donation of His Papers in Harrison-Small, April 6

On Thursday, April 6 at 4:00 p.m. in the auditorium of the Harrison Institute and Small Special Collections Library, former Senator John W. Warner joins Director of the Center for Politics, and University Professor, Larry Sabato, in a conversation about the Senator’s distinguished career in public service. The event marks the opening of the Warner Papers in the Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library.

The Warner family has generously donated the Senator’s public papers and other important items to the University of Virginia Library, providing a view into his remarkable 30-year tenure in the Senate—a fascinating period of post-World War II U.S. history. Senator Warner’s papers are a significant addition to the Library’s collections, and are now available to students, faculty, historians, researchers, and scholars from around the world.

John William Warner volunteered for active military duty at age 17 as an enlisted sailor in the final years of World War II; several years later he enlisted in the U.S. Marines and served as a First Lieutenant in Korea from 1950 to 1952.

He graduated from UVA Law School in 1953 and clerked for Judge E. Barrett Prettyman, U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia. From 1955 to 1960, he was an Assistant U.S. Attorney for D.C. He joined Hogan & Hartson (now Hogan Lovells) as an associate in 1961, became a partner in 1964, departed in 1968 for a long, distinguished career in public service, and rejoined in 2009.

In 1969 he was nominated by President Richard Nixon, and confirmed by the Senate, as Under Secretary, and later as Secretary, of the U.S. Navy, serving from 1969 to 1974, during a period when America was faced with the Vietnam War in the Pacific and the Cold War with the Soviet Union in Europe. From 1974 to 1976 he had the honor of serving as Director of the American Revolution Bicentennial administration.

Please join with the Library in honoring one of Virginia’s preeminent statesmen. A selection of his papers will be on display at the celebration.

There will be a reception at 6:00 p.m in Pavilion IV.

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