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Democractic Senator from Montana Mike Mansfield--majority leader of the United States Senate following Lyndon Johnson's election as Vice President--served sixteen years before becoming Ambassador to Japan under Presidents Carter and Reagan. Born in 1903, Mansfield retired as ambassador in 1988. He died in 2001 at age 98 (Greenberg).

Mansfield was first elected to the Senate in 1952. As majority leader he opposed the Vietnam War and pressed hard for the Senate to bring an end to the conflict (Greenberg).

Works Cited
Greenberg, Daniel. Rev. of Senator Mansfield: The Extraordinary Life of a Great American Statesman and Diplomat, by Don Oberdorfer. Washington Post 4 Jan. 2004: T10.

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