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J. Glenn Beall Jr.
United States Senator
from Maryland

In office
January 3, 1971 – January 3, 1977
Preceded by Joseph Tydings
Succeeded by Paul Sarbanes
Member of the
U.S. House of Representatives
from Maryland's 6th district

In office
January 3, 1969 – January 3, 1971
Preceded by Charles Mathias
Succeeded by Goodloe Byron
Member of the Maryland House of Delegates

In office
Personal details
Born James Glenn Beall Jr.
(1927-06-19)June 19, 1927
Cumberland, Maryland, U.S.
Died March 24, 2006(2006-03-24) (aged 78)
Cumberland, Maryland, U.S.
Nationality American
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Nancy Beall
Relations George Beall (brother)
Parents James Glenn Beall
Margaret Schwarzenbach
Alma mater Yale University
Military service
Service/branch United States Navy
Years of service 1945–1946

John Glenn Beall Jr. (June 19, 1927 – March 24, 2006) was an American Republican politician and businessman from the state of Maryland who served in the United States House of Representatives, representing Maryland's 6th congressional district (1969–1971), and as a United States Senator from Maryland (1971–1977). He was also a member of the Maryland House of Delegates (1962–1968).

Life and career

Beall was born in Cumberland, Maryland, served in the United States Navy from 1945 to 1946, and graduated from Yale University in 1950. While at Yale, he was an active member of the Yale Political Union. He then went into the insurance business as a member of the general insurance firm of Beall, Garner & Geare, Inc.

In 1962, Beall was elected as a Republican to the Maryland House of Delegates and was re-elected in 1966. He served as minority floor leader from 1963 until his 1968 election to the 91st Congress.[1]

Beall served one term in the U.S. House, representing Maryland's 6th congressional district, and then ran for U.S. Senate in 1970, narrowly defeating incumbent Democrat Joseph Tydings. Six years later, he lost re-election to Paul Sarbanes by 39% to 57%. His eighteen-point margin of defeat was one of the widest for an incumbent senator in U.S. history. With Aris T. Allen as his running mate, Beall ran for Governor of Maryland in 1978, but lost to Democratic nominee Harry Hughes by an overwhelming margin.

In the Senate, Beall "sponsored legislation that created the Senate Budget Office and the Congressional Budget Office. He served as one of the first members of the Senate Budget Committee. He was a principal sponsor of The Physician Manpower Shortage Act, which brought more doctors to rural areas, and the C&O Canal Development Act, establishing the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park, among others."[2]

Beall served as the President and Chairman of the charity The League for Crippled Children from 1978 until the time of his death.[3]

Beall resumed the insurance business in Cumberland, and was very active in the local community until his death as a result of cancer.[4] He is interred in Frostburg Memorial Park Cemetery.


  • Beall's father, James Glenn Beall, served as U.S. Representative from Maryland's 6th congressional district (1943–1953) and as U.S. Senator from Maryland (1953–1965).
  • Beall's brother, George Beall, served as United States Attorney for the District of Maryland (1970–1975), and in 1973, prosecuted Vice President Spiro Agnew for bribery.[5]



United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Charles Mathias
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Maryland's 6th congressional district

Succeeded by
Goodloe Byron
United States Senate
Preceded by
Joseph Tydings
U.S. Senator (Class 1) from Maryland
Served alongside: Charles Mathias
Succeeded by
Paul Sarbanes
Party political offices
Preceded by
James Glenn Beall
Republican nominee for United States Senator from Maryland
(Class 1)

1970, 1976
Succeeded by
Lawrence Hogan
Preceded by
Louise Gore
Republican nominee for Governor of Maryland
Succeeded by
Robert A. Pascal

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