Archives of Maryland
(Biographical Series)

Joseph D. Tydings
MSA SC 3520-2146


Born in Asheville, North Carolina., May 4, 1928.  Adoptive son of Millard Evelyn Tydings.  Attended Harford County public schools; McDonogh School, 1946; University of Maryland, B.A., 1950; University of Maryland Law School, LL.B., 1953.  Admitted to the Maryland Bar, 1952.  Married Kate Clark in 1999.

General Assembly:
House of Delegates, Harford County, 1955-61.  Resigned March 24, 1961.

Private Career and Other Public Service:
Served in U.S. Army, Army of Occupation, European Theater of Operations after World War II, corporal, Sixth Constabulary Regiment, 1946-48.  Private law practice; partner, Anderson, Kill, Olick and Oshinsky; later Dickstein, Shapiro, Mosin and Oshinsky.  U.S. Attorney for Maryland, 1961-63.  Member, Commission To Study The Problem Of Expansion of The University of Maryland, 1959-60. Chair, Commission to Study the General Insurance Laws of the State.  Member, Commission to Study the Physical Fitness of Maryland Youth; Committee to Study the Problems Affecting the Laws Regulating Building, Homestead, and Savings and Loan Associations.  U.S. representative at the Interpol Conference in Helsinki, Finland, and at the International Penal Conference in Bellagio, Italy, 1963.  Member of the U.S. Senate, 1965-70.  Chair, Committee on the District of Columbia, 91st Congress.  Member and Chair, University of Maryland Board of Regents, 1977-2005.  Member, Task Force to Study Flexibility for Higher Education, 1985-86.  Chair, Joint Executive-Legislative Task Force to Study Commercial Gaming Activities in Maryland, 1995.  Board of Visitors, University of Maryland College Park, 1996-2000.  Member, Task Force to Study the Governance, Coordination, & Funding of the University System of Maryland, 1998-99.  Chair, Strategic Committee on the State Plan for Higher Education, 1999-2000.  Member, Junior Association of Commerce; Junior Bar Association; Maryland Bar Association; Moose; VFW. Chair, Executive Board of the Center for American Politics and Citizenship (CPAC, University of Maryland); Member of the Delegation of Ukaranian Election Observers, sponsored by U.S. Association of Former Members of Congress, 2004.

Honors and Awards

Sidney Hollander Award of Distinction from the Maryland Chapter of the American Jewish Congress, October 21, 1968.

The University of Maryland dedicated Tydings Hall on May 17, 2000 in honor of Sen. Millard Tydings and Joseph Tydings. The Tydings Memorial Lobby features a permenant exhibit on the Tydings family.

"Tydings" provisions - federal school funds named after Tydings who first instituted the carry-over allowances (the American Association of School Administrators).

First Citizen Award, 2005
        Remarks by Dr. Edward C. Papenfuse, State Archivist and Commissioner of Land Patents

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