Alan Cranston Biography
(Former United States Senator)
Birthday: June 19, 1914 (Gemini)
Born In: Palo Alto
Alan Cranston was an American journalist and a Democratic Senator from California. Hailing from a rich family of real estate developers, he studied journalism at Stanford University. He started his journalism career as a correspondent of International News Service. Before joining politics, he served in the armed forces as a private (a soldier of the lowest military rank). He acted as a part of the Banking, Housing, Urban Affairs and Foreign Relations Committees. He was credited for his service of 24 years in the senate. He was a strong supporter of world government. His book The Killing of The Peace, published in 1945, discusses about the defeat of the League of Nations in the United States Senate. During the later part of 1980s, his name was involved with the savings and loan scandal that marred his reputation. After leaving the Senate in 1993, he operated a nonprofit group, the Global Security Institute, which worked towards abolishing nuclear weapons. He was a member of the Banking Committee and the chairman of the Veterans Committee. He also worked as the Democratic whip for 14 years. He took the initiative to gather support to end the Vietnam War. He was the founder and President of the Global Security Institute.