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Thomas Slade GORTON, III

Thomas Slade GORTON, III

Male 1928 - 2020  (92 years)

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  • Name Thomas Slade GORTON 
    Suffix III 
    Born 8 Jan 1928  Chicago, Cook, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    _AMTID 110112931091:1030:113090087 
    _UID 1DF711B46BBA44D4939004881A40DFC2C069 
    Died 19 Aug 2020  Seattle, King, Washington Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I12349  My Genealogy
    Last Modified 22 Aug 2020 

    Father Thomas Slade GORTON, Jr.,   b. 26 Jun 1900, Cambridge, Middlesex, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Mother Ruth ISRAEL,   b. 26 Oct 1900, Saint Louis, St. Louis (city), Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Married 10 Nov 1925  Shreveport, Caddo, Louisiana Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F6133  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Sally CLARK 
    Children 
     1. Thomas Slade GORTON, IV
     2. Sarah Jane GORTON
     3. Rebecca GORTON
    Last Modified 26 May 2021 
    Family ID F6134  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 8 Jan 1928 - Chicago, Cook, Illinois Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 19 Aug 2020 - Seattle, King, Washington Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    Slade Gorton.jpg
    Slade Gorton.jpg

  • Notes 
    • Reporter for the Seattle Times. Slade served in the Washington state legislature, served three terms as Attorney General for the state of Washington, and won election to the U.S. Senate in November, 1980. An Attorney, he argued cases fourteen times before the U.S. Supreme Court. With his entire family he bicycled across the U.S. from Olympic, WA. to Boston, MA., probably the first family to do so. Rebecca, the youngest child, is listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the youngest transcontinental cyclist.

      Gorton was born in Chicago, Illinois and served in the United States Army from 1945 until 1946. He then attended and graduated from Dartmouth College. He graduated from Columbia Law School, and served in the United States Air Force from 1953 until 1956, continuing to serve in the Air Force reserves until 1980. Meanwhile, he practiced law, and entered politics in 1958, being elected to the state legislature of Washington, in which he served from 1959 until 1969, becoming one of the highest-ranking members. He was then Attorney General of Washington from 1969 until he entered the United States Senate in 1981. During his three terms as Attorney General, Gorton was recognized for taking the unusual step of appearing personally to argue the state's positions before the Supreme Court of the United States and for prevailing in those efforts. In 1980 he defeated longtime incumbent U.S. Senator and state legend Warren Magnuson by a 54% to 46% margin, partly on Ronald Reagan's coattails and an "it's time for a change" ad campaign.