Archives of Maryland
(Biographical Series)

Charles McC. Mathias, Jr. (1922-2010)
MSA SC 3520-2087


Born in Frederick, Maryland, July 24, 1922.  Attended public schools; Haverford College, B.A., 1944; Yale University; University of Maryland, LL.B., 1949.  Admitted to the Maryland Bar, 1949.  Married to Ann Bradford; two sons, Charles B. and Robert F.  Died January 25, 2010, in Chevy Chase, Maryland.

General Assembly:
House of Delegates (R), Frederick County, 1959-61.
Treasurer and Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors for the Maryland School for the Deaf;
Maryland Civil War Centennial Commission;

Private Career and Other Public Service:
Served in the U.S. Navy during World War II; enlisted as apprentice seaman, 1942; commissioned ensign, 1944; served in the Pacific 1944-46; captain, USNR (ret.).   Private law practice.  Assistant attorney general of Maryland, 1953-54.  City attorney of Frederick, 1954-59.  Member, U.S. House of Representatives, 1961-69.  Member of the U.S. Senate, 1969-87.  Member, Senate Judiciary, Foreign Relations, and Governmental Affairs Committees.  Chair, Special Committee on Termination of the National Emergency, 92nd-94th (1971-76) Congresses; Committee on Rules and Administration, 97th-99th (1982-86) Congresses.  Co-chair, Joint Committee on Printing, 97th (1981-82) and 99th (1985-86) Congresses; President of the North Atlantic Assembly, the organization of NATO parliamentarians, 1985. Joint Committee on the Library. Governor's Commission on State Taxes and Tax Structure Member, 1989-1990. Maryland Civil War Heritage Commission, 1992-95. Member, the Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured; President and Chairman of the Board of First American Bankshares, Inc., Washington, D.C., 1993-1999. Co-chair, Task Force on the Presidential Appointment and Senate Confirmation Process, 1996. Member, Board of Directors George C. Marshall International Center; Member, Board of Directors for The Center for Responsive Politics. Member, Board of Directors, WorldSpace Satelite Radio; Board Members Emeritus, Brown University's Watson Institute for International Studies.

Honors and Awards

Excellence in Public Service Award from American Academy of Pediatrics, 1979.

In 1986, Congress established the Charles McC. Mathias, Jr., National Study Center for Trauma and Emergency Medical Systems at the University of Maryland Medical Center in 1986 to serve as a focal point for research related to trauma, emergency medicine, and emergency medical systems, and named the National Study Center in honor of Sen. Mathias' support of Marylandís trauma care system.

Charles McC. Mathias, Jr. Laboratory for Environmental Research at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center in Edgewater named in honor of Sen. Mathias' efforts to protect the Chesapeake Bay, 1989.

Hubert H. Humphrey Award recipient, 1986.

The Mathias Medal, established in 1989 by the Sea Grant programs of Maryland and Virginia and the Chesapeake Research Consortium, was named in honor of Charles MacCurdy Mathias, Jr. It is awarded "to recognize the contributions of exemplary researchers who have contributed to informed policy in the Chesapeake Bay region."

Order of Merit, and Star (Federal Republic of Germany)

Commandeur of Legion of Honor (France)

Knight Commander of the Order of Orange-Nassau (The Netherlands)

Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire (Great Britain)

I270 dedicated in honor of Charles Mac. Mathias

Recipient of the Thomas Kennedy Award in 1997. The Thomas Kennedy Award is awarded to a former member of the House of Delegates for his or her personal courage and dedication to the principles of liberty and freedom.

Harold Seidman Award for Distinguished Service to Johns Hopkins University, November 1997.

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

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