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Paul Douglas (D-IL)

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In 1957, Democratic senator Paul Douglas of Illinois helped to maneuver the civil rights bill directly onto the Senate calender, thereby avoiding the Judiciary Committee and its powerful chairman, James Eastland of Mississippi, a long-time opponent of civil rights legislation. After 24 days of debate, the Senate approved a scaled-down version of the bill.
credit: U.S. Senate Historical Office