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Alan Cranston


Picture of Alan Cranston
CA Blue Book (1961)
Date Party Office Votes Result
11-04-1958 Democratic Controller 2553020 Win
11-06-1962 Democratic Controller 3372691 Win
11-08-1966 Democratic Controller 3125070 Loss
11-05-1968 Democratic Senate3 3680352 Win
11-05-1974 Democratic Senate3 3693160 Win
11-04-1980 Democratic Senate3 4705399 Win
11-04-1986 Democratic Senate3 3646672 Win

Candidate Biography:

Born: June 19, 1914 in Palo Alto, CA
Married: Geneva, Norma Weintraub
Children: Robin and Kim*
Military Service: ARMY (WWII)
Died: December 31, 2000 in Los Altos Hills, CA

1949: Co-Founder, California Democratic Council
1953-1957: President, California Democratic Council
1964: Primary Candidate for US Senator (Lost)
1984: Primary Candidate for President (Lost)
1993: Retired from Senate following "Keating 5" scandal

  • SUED BY HITLER: Fluent in German, Cranston wrote a literal English translation of Mein Kampf by Adolf Hitler that included information which had been removed from the official English version. Cranston was sued for violating Hitler's copyright, and a Connecticut judge ruled against Cranston. "No damages were assessed, but we had to stop selling the book." Source: Alan Cranston Interview: Conversations with History; Institute of International Studies, UC Berkeley (2000).
  • PUBLISHED: Cranston also wrote The Killing of the Peace (1945) and The Sovereignty Revolution (2004)
  • Kim Cranston served as Chief of Staff to Lt. Governor Leo McCarthy and is now the CEO of (2007-Present)

Source: California Blue Book (1963)
Source: "Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1774-Present" (U.S. Library of Congress) []