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Charles Harting Percy

foundation administrator , politician , Senator

Charles Harting Percy, foundation administrator, former United States senator from Illinois.


Percy, Charles Harting was born on September 27, 1919 in Pensacola, Florida, United States. Son of Edward H. and Elisabeth (Harting) Percy.


Bachelor of Arts Chicago, 1941. Doctor of Laws, Illinois College, 1961. Doctor of Laws, Roosevelt University, 1961.

Doctor of Laws, Lake Forest College, 1962. Doctor of Laws, Bradley University, 1963. Doctor of Laws, Defiance College, 1965.

Doctor of Laws, Northwestern University, 1966. Doctor of Laws, Gallaudet College, 1981. HHD, Willamette University, 1962.

Doctor of Humane Letters, National College Education, 1964. Doctor of Humane Letters, Northwestern University, 1966.


Sales trainee, apprentice Bell & Howell, 1938, manager war coordinating department, 1941-1943, assistant secretary, 1943-1946, corporation secretary, 1945-1949, president, chief executive officer, 1949-1963, chief executive officer, 1949-1963, chairman board, 1961-1966. Also director; sales promotion Crowell-Collier Public Company, 1939. United States senator from Illinois, 1967-1985.

Chairman foreign relations committee, 1980-1985. President Charles Percy & Associates, Inc., Washington, since 1985. Chairman, president Hariri Foundation (United States of America), since 1985.

Past director Harris Trust & Savings Bank, Chase Manhattan Bank, Outboard Marine Corporation, Burroughs Corporation.


Chairman New Illinois Committee, 1965-1969. Special ambassador and personal representative President United States to presidential Inauguration ceremonies in, Peru and Bolivia, 1956. Delegate United Nations, 1974.

Vice chairman Republican National Finance Committee, 1957-1959. Chairman committee platform and resolutions Republican National Convention, 1960. Republican candidate for governor, Illinois, 1964, National Conference of Christians and Jews, Chicago, 1954.

Trustee, member citizens board, director alumni foundation University Chicago. Trustee Illinois Institute of Technology, 1950-1954. Chairman fund for adult education Ford Foundation, 1958-1961.

Chairman Institute of International Education, 1985-1989. Chairman United States International Cultural and Trade Center Commission, since 1988. Chairman Technology Transfer Committee of India-United States Business Council, since 1985.

Past trustee California Institute of Technology. Board directors Chicago Boys Club. Graduate member Business Council.

Lieutenant United States Naval Reserve, 1943-1945. Member Chicago Association Commerce, American Society Corporation Executives (member business council), American Management Association (past director), National Photograph Manufacturers Association, Photograph Society of America, Commercial Club of Chicago, Phi Delta Phi, Alpha Dela Phi (national secretary). Clubs: Chicago, Economic (past director), Executives (past director), Commercial, Commonwealth (Chicago).


  • Other Interests

    Reading, travel, swimming, tennis, skiing.


Married Jeanne Valerie Dickerson, June 12, 1943 (deceased). Children: Valerie (deceased 1966) and Sharon Lee (twins), Roger. Married Loraine Diane Guyer, August 27, 1950.

Children: Gail, Mark.

Edward H. Percy

Elisabeth (Harting) Percy

Jeanne Valerie Dickerson

Loraine Diane Guyer

Valerie Percy (deceased 1966) and Sharon Lee (twins)

Roger Percy

Gail Percy

Mark Percy