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William Proxmire
United States Senator
from Wisconsin
In office
August 28, 1957 â€“ January 3, 1989
Preceded by Joseph McCarthy
Succeeded by Herb Kohl
Member of the Wisconsin State Assembly
In office
1951–1952
Personal details
Born Edward William Proxmire
(1915-11-11)November 11, 1915
Lake Forest, Illinois, U.S.
Died December 15, 2005(2005-12-15) (aged 90)
Sykesville, Maryland, U.S.
Nationality American
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Elsie Rockefeller (1946–1955; divorced)
Ellen Hodges Sawall (1956–2005; his death)
Religion United Church of Christ

Power always has to be kept in check; power exercised in secret, especially under the cloak of national security, is doubly dangerous.
William Proxmire
He knows the tax code as thoroughly as the pope knows the Lord’s Prayer.
William Proxmire
The last few years have been my happiest. I’m happy in the years that most people are blue and sad and waiting to die. I don’t feel that a bit. Smiling has a lot to do with it. You can just lift your spirits by smiling a little bit.
William Proxmire