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J. Glenn Beall Jr.

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John Glenn Beall Jr. (June 19, 1927 – March 24, 2006), was an American Republican politician and businessman from the state of Maryland who served in the United States House of Representatives, representing Maryland's 6th congressional district (1969–1971), and as a United States Senator from Maryland (1971–1977). He was also a member of the Maryland House of Delegates (1962–1968).

J. Glenn Beall Jr.
United States Senator
from Maryland
In office
January 3, 1971 – January 3, 1977
Preceded byJoseph Tydings
Succeeded byPaul Sarbanes
Member of the
U.S. House of Representatives
from Maryland's 6th district
In office
January 3, 1969 – January 3, 1971
Preceded byCharles Mathias
Succeeded byGoodloe Byron
Member of the Maryland House of Delegates
In office
Personal details
James Glenn Beall Jr.

(1927-06-19)June 19, 1927
Cumberland, Maryland, U.S.
DiedMarch 24, 2006(2006-03-24) (aged 78)
Cumberland, Maryland, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Nancy Beall
RelationsGeorge Beall (brother)
ParentsJames Glenn Beall
Margaret Schwarzenbach
Alma materYale University
Military service
Branch/serviceUnited States Navy
Years of service1945–1946

Life and careerEdit

Beall was born in Cumberland, Maryland, served in the United States Navy from 1945 to 1946, and graduated from Yale University in 1950. While at Yale, he was an active member of the Yale Political Union. He then went into the insurance business as a member of the general insurance firm of Beall, Garner & Geare, Inc.

In 1962, Beall was elected as a Republican to the Maryland House of Delegates and was re-elected in 1966. He served as minority floor leader from 1963 until his 1968 election to the 91st Congress.[1]

Beall served one term in the U.S. House, representing Maryland's 6th congressional district, and then ran for U.S. Senate in 1970, defeating incumbent Joseph Tydings. Six years later, he lost re-election to Paul Sarbanes by 39% to 57%. His eighteen-point margin of defeat was one of the widest for an incumbent senator in U.S. history. With Aris T. Allen as his running mate, Beall ran for Governor of Maryland in 1978, but lost to Democratic nominee Harry Hughes.

In the Senate, Beall "sponsored legislation that created the Senate Budget Office and the Congressional Budget Office. He served as one of the first members of the Senate Budget Committee. He was a principal sponsor of The Physician Manpower Shortage Act, which brought more doctors to rural areas, and the C&O Canal Development Act, establishing the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park, among others." [2]

Beall served as the President and Chairman of the charity The League for Crippled Children from 1978 until the time of his death.[3]

Beall resumed the insurance business in Cumberland, and was very active in the local community until his death as a result of cancer.[4] He is interred in Frostburg Memorial Park Cemetery.



  1. ^ Estrada, Louie (25 March 2006). "Longtime Maryland Politician, Insurance Exec J. Glenn Beall Jr". The Washington Post.
  2. ^ "Deaths". Tulsa World. 26 March 2006 – via ProQuest.
  3. ^ "Beall Jr, J. Glenn". The Baltimore Sun. 27 March 2006. Retrieved 3 October 2014.
  4. ^ WTOP article regarding death Archived October 11, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ Sandomir, Richard (January 18, 2017). "George Beall, Prosecutor Who Brought Down Agnew, Dies at 79". The New York Times. Retrieved August 25, 2019.