John Glenn Beall

John Glenn Beall, Jr.
United States Senator
from Maryland
In office
January 3, 1971 – January 3, 1977
Preceded by Joseph Tydings
Succeeded by Paul Sarbanes
Personal details
Born (1927-06-19)June 19, 1927
Cumberland, Maryland
Died March 24, 2006(2006-03-24) (aged 78)
Cumberland, Maryland
Nationality American
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Nancy Beall
Alma mater Yale University
Religion Episcopalian
Military service
Service/branch United States Navy
Years of service 1945–1946

John Glenn Beall, Jr. (June 19, 1927 – March 24, 2006) was a Republican member of the United States Senate, representing the State of Maryland 1971–1977. He was also a member of the Maryland House of Delegates 1962–1968, and the U.S. House of Representatives from the sixth district of Maryland from 1969 to 1971. His father, James Glenn Beall, was also a senator and representative from Maryland.

Beall was born in Cumberland, Maryland, served in the United States Navy from 1945 to 1946, and graduated from Yale University in 1950. 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 to the Maryland House of Delegates and was re-elected in 1966. He served as minority floor leader beginning in 1963, until his 1968 election as a Republican to the 91st Congress.

Beall served one term as a congressman and was elected in 1970 as a Republican to the U.S. Senate. He failed to be re-elected in 1976, losing to Democratic rival Paul Sarbanes by 39% to 57%. His eighteen-point margin of defeat is one of the ten worst defeats 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 was unsuccessful, losing to the Democratic candidate Harry R. Hughes.

In the Senate, Beall "sponsored legislation that created the Senate Budget Office and the Congressional Budget Office, and 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." [1]

Beall resumed the insurance business in Cumberland, and was very active in the local community until his death as a result of cancer.[2] He is interred in Frostburg Memorial Park Cemetery.



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

Succeeded by
Goodloe Byron
Preceded by
Joseph Tydings
United States Senator (Class 1) from Maryland
Served alongside: Charles Mathias, Jr.
Succeeded by
Paul Sarbanes

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