George L. P. Radcliffe

George Lovic Pierce Radcliffe
United States Senator
from Maryland
In office
January 3, 1935 – January 3, 1947
Preceded byPhillips L. Goldsborough
Succeeded byHerbert O'Conor
Secretary of State of Maryland
In office
GovernorEmerson Harrington
Preceded byThomas W. Simmons
Succeeded byPhilip B. Perlman
Personal details
Born(1877-08-22)August 22, 1877
Cambridge, Maryland
DiedJuly 29, 1974(1974-07-29) (aged 96)
Baltimore, Maryland
Political partyDemocratic

George Lovic Pierce Radcliffe (August 22, 1877 – July 29, 1974) was a Democratic member of the United States Senate, representing the State of Maryland from 1935-1947.


Radcliffe was born on a farm at Lloyds, near Cambridge, Maryland. He attended both public and private schools in his youth and later graduated from Cambridge Seminary in 1893, from Johns Hopkins University in 1897, from the graduate school of Johns Hopkins University in 1900, and from the University of Maryland School of Law in 1903.


Following college, Radcliffe took the position of principal of the Cambridge Seminary he had attended as a youth. After a stint as a teacher in the Baltimore City College in 1901 and 1902, Radcliffe was admitted to the bar in 1903 and commenced practice in Baltimore, Maryland with an interest in banking and farming.

During the First World War, Rafcliffe joined the Liquor License Commission in Baltimore, serving from 1916–1919, and also served as a member of the Maryland State Council of Defense.

State Government[edit]

In 1919, Radcliffe was selected as Secretary of State of Maryland and served until 1920.

Federal Government[edit]

In 1933 and again in 1934, Radcliffe was chosen regional adviser of the Public Works Administration for Maryland, Delaware, Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky, and the District of Columbia.

U.S. Senate[edit]

In the election of 1934, Radcliffe was elected as a Democrat to the United States Senate, and was subsequently reelected in the 1940 election. Radcliffe failed to achieve re-nomination for his party in the election of 1946, losing to fellow Democrat Herbert R. O'Conor.

Personal and death[edit]

Radcliffe resumed banking and farming interests following his tenure as senator and was actively involved in civic life.

He resided in Baltimore until he died on July 29, 1974. He is buried at the Cambridge Cemetery in his hometown.


In 1935, Alger Hiss attorney and close friend, William L. Marbury, Jr. wrote to Radcliffe to secure his support for the appointment of Hiss to the U.S. Solicitor General's office. (Hiss and Radcliffe were both from Baltimore, graduates of Johns Hopkins University, and officials in FDR's New Deal government.)[1]


  1. ^ Marbury, William L. (30 July 1935). "Personal letter to the Honorable George L. Radcliffe". Maryland Historical Society. Retrieved 16 February 2017.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Thomas W. Simmons
Secretary of State of Maryland
Succeeded by
Philip B. Perlman
U.S. Senate
Preceded by
Phillips Lee Goldsborough
U.S. Senator (Class 1) from Maryland
January 3, 1935 – January 3, 1947
Served alongside: Millard Tydings
Succeeded by
Herbert R. O'Conor
Honorary titles
Preceded by
John Heiskell
Oldest living U.S. Senator
December 28, 1972 – July 29, 1974
Succeeded by
John Milton