Sam Ervin

United States Senator and jurist

Samuel James Ervin Jr. (September 27, 1896April 23, 1985) was a United States Senator from North Carolina from 1954 to 1974. He was a leading figure in the investigation of the Watergate affair.

Sam Ervin


  • When people fear surveillance, whether it exists or not, they grow afraid to speak their minds and hearts freely to their government or to anyone else.
    • Quoted in Rick Perlstein, Nixonland: The Rise of a President and the Fracturing of America (2008), p. 549
  • Because I can understand the English language. It is my mother tongue.
    • instant reply to Mr. Ehrlichman asking, "How do you know that, Mr. Chairman?" after Senator Ervin insisted that 18 USC 2511 on foreign intelligence would not allow the President of the United States to authorize a burglary to obtain the opinion of Ellsberg's psychiatrist about his intellectual or emotional or psychological state, as claimed by Ehrlichman. Tuesday, July 24, 1973. Presidential Campaign Activities of 1972, Watergate and Related Activities, Phase I: Watergate Investigation, 6, U.S. Government Printing Office, 1973, p. 2576, retrieved on 2017-05-13 

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