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William Borah: A Featured Biography


Chairman: 1925-1933
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Senator William Borah was affectionately known as the "Lion of Idaho" during his 33 years in the United States Senate. Elected as a Republican in 1907, Borah established himself as a prominent progressive with a fiercely independent spirit. This superb orator who had a knack for courting publicity was once named by Time magazine as the "most famed senator of the century." Despite his leading role in the creation of two constitutional amendments--establishing the graduated income tax and the direct election of Senators--Borah is best remembered for his impact on American foreign policy. In 1917, he was instrumental in the Senate's rejection of American entry into the League of Nations. In January 1940, Borah suffered a brain hemorrhage and died. His funeral service was held in the U.S. Senate Chamber.