Allard K. Lowenstein
in Newark, New Jersey, on January 16, 1929, he was serving as a Congressman
from New York City when he was shot to death in his NYC law offices by
Dennis Sweeney, a former acquaintance on March 14, 1980.
Sweeney, a civil rights volunteer in Lewenstein's voter registration drives in Mississippi in the mid-1960s, pumped five bullets into the congressman. During his trial, he testified that Lowenstein and others controlled him through radio receivers planted in his teeth. He was diagnosed as a paranoid schizophrenic and found not guilty by reason of insanity.
The inscription on Lowenstein's headstone is from a note to him from Robert F. Kennedy:
"If a single man plants himself on his convictions
and there abide, the huge world will come around to him."
He is buried in Section 30, Grave 2005, Arlington
from New York; born in Newark, Essex County, N.J., January 16, 1929; B.A.,
University of North Carolina, 1949; LL.B., Yale University, 1954; enlisted
in the United States Army, 1954-1956; taught at Stanford University, North
Carolina State University, and City College of New York; special assistant,
Senator Frank Porter Graham, 1949; foreign policy assistant, Senator Hubert
H. Humphrey, 1959; delegate, Democratic National Conventions, 1960 and
1968; elected as a Democrat to the Ninety-first Congress (January 3, 1969-January
3, 1971); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1970 to the Ninety-second
Congress; unsuccessful candidate for election in 1972, 1974, and 1976,
to the Ninety-third, Ninety-fourth, and Ninety-fifth Congresses;
appointed to head the United States delegation to the thirty-third regular
annual session of the United Nations Commission on Human Rights in Geneva,
Switzerland, 1977; alternate United States Representative for Special Political
Affairs in the United Nations with the rank of Ambassador from August 1977
to June 1978; unsuccessful candidate for nomination in 1978 to the Ninety-sixth
Congress; died from the effects of an assassinís bullet in New York City
March 14, 1980; interment in Arlington National Cemetery.
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