Thomas C. Hennings Jr.
|Chair of the Senate Rules Committee|
January 3, 1957 – September 13, 1960
|Preceded by||Theodore F. Green|
|Succeeded by||Mike Mansfield|
|Secretary of the Senate Democratic Caucus|
January 3, 1953 – September 13, 1960
|Leader||Lyndon B. Johnson|
|Preceded by||Brien McMahon|
|Succeeded by||George Smathers|
|United States Senator|
January 3, 1951 – September 13, 1960
|Preceded by||Forrest C. Donnell|
|Succeeded by||Edward V. Long|
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives|
from Missouri's 11th district
January 3, 1935 – December 31, 1940
|Preceded by||James Edward Ruffin|
|Succeeded by||John B. Sullivan|
Thomas Carey Hennings Jr.|
June 25, 1903
St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.
September 13, 1960 57) (aged|
Washington, D.C., U.S.
|Resting place||Arlington National Cemetery|
Cornell University (BA)|
Washington University (LLB)
Thomas Carey Hennings Jr. (June 25, 1903 – September 13, 1960) was an American political figure from Missouri, and a Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives (from 1935 until 1940), and the United States Senate (from 1951 until 1960).
Born in St. Louis, he attended the public schools and graduated from Cornell University in 1924 and from the law school of Washington University in St. Louis in 1926. He was admitted to the bar in 1926 and commenced practice in St. Louis, and served as assistant circuit attorney for that city from 1929 to 1934. He served as a colonel on the Governor's staff from 1932 to 1936 and was a lecturer on criminal jurisprudence at the Benton College of Law in St. Louis from 1934 to 1938.
Hennings was elected as a Democrat to the Seventy-fourth, Seventy-fifth, and Seventy-sixth Congresses and served from January 3, 1935, until his resignation on December 31, 1940, to become a candidate for circuit attorney of St. Louis. He was circuit attorney from 1941 to 1944, and served as a lieutenant commander in the United States Naval Reserve from 1941 to 1943, after which he resumed the practice of law. He was elected as a Democrat to the U.S. Senate in 1950 over Republican incumbent and former governor Forrest Donnell in the only senate election that year where Democrats took a seat from Republicans, was reelected in 1956, and served from January 3, 1951, until his death from abdominal cancer in Washington, D.C. in 1960. While in the Senate, he was chairman of the Committee on Rules and Administration (Eighty-fifth and Eighty-sixth Congresses). Interment was in Arlington National Cemetery.
- "Cancer Takes Solon, 57, Of Missouri". Salt Lake Tribune. September 14, 1960.
- United States Congress. "Thomas C. Hennings Jr. (id: H000502)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
- Kemper, Donald (1965). Decade of Fear: Senator Hennings and Civil Liberties. Columbia: University of Missouri Press.
|U.S. House of Representatives|
James Edward Ruffin
| Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Missouri's 11th congressional district
John B. Sullivan
|Party political offices|
| Democratic nominee for U.S. Senator from Missouri
Edward V. Long
| Secretary of the Senate Democratic Caucus
Forrest C. Donnell
| U.S. Senator (Class 3) from Missouri
Served alongside: James P. Kem, Stuart Symington
Edward V. Long
Theodore F. Green
| Chair of the Senate Rules Committee