Estes Kefauver

American politician (1903-1963)

Carey Estes Kefauver (26 July 190310 August 1963) was an American politician. A Democrat, Kefauver was a U.S. Senator from Tennessee from 1949 until his death. He was the Democratic vice presidential nominee in 1956.

Presidential ambition is a disease which can only be cured by embalming fluid.


  • Liberalism means an intelligent effort to keep the political and economic development of our nation abreast of the responsibilities that come from an atomic age. It means an extension of the use of our resources for the common good, the solving of the problem of maintaining democratic principles and free competitive enterprise in a day of Big Business, Big Unions, and Big Government.
    • New Republic (June 22, 1946)
  • Local economic independence cannot be preserved in the face of consolidations such as we have had during the past few years. The control of American business is steadily being transferred, I am sorry to have to say, from local communities to a few large cities in which central managers decide the policies and the fate of the far-flung enterprises they control. Millions of people depend helplessly on their judgment. Through monopolistic mergers the people are losing power to direct their own economic welfare. When they lose the power to direct their economic welfare, they also lose the means to direct their political future.
    • Senate Hearing, 1947, reported in Michael J. Sandel, Democracy's Discontent: America in Search of a Public Philosophy (1998), p. 243.

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