Former US Sen. Mike Gravel Dies At 91

Former US Sen. Mike Gravel Dies At 91

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(CNN)Former US Sen. Mike Gravel, an Alaska Democrat who garnered national attention by reading the Pentagon Papers into the Congressional Record and waged two unsuccessful bids for president, has died at age 91.

Gravel’s daughter, Lynne Mosier, confirmed his death to CNN in a text message on Sunday, remembering her father as a “terrific dad.”

Born May 13, 1930, in Springfield, Massachusetts, Gravel served in the US Army as an adjutant in the Communications Intelligence Service in Germany and a special agent in the Counter Intelligence Corps in France from 1951 to 1954, according to a biography on his website. After his time in the military, Gravel graduated from Columbia University in 1956 with a Bachelor of Science degree in economics.

    He served in the Alaska House of Representatives from 1963 to 1966 where he was elected state House Speaker in 1965. Gravel was elected to Congress in 1968, where he served as a senator from 1969 to 1981.

      In 1971, Gravel gained nationwide atten

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