Naval officer, U.S. Senator. Born– July 15, 1924, Mobile. Parents– Jeremiah Andrew and Irene (Steele) Denton. Married– Kathryn Jane Maury, June 6, 1946. Children– Seven. Education– Attended Spring Hill College, 1942-1943; U.S. Naval Academy, B.S., 1946; George Washington University, M.A., 1964; Spring Hill College, honorary Doctor of Humane Letters, 1973. Entered the U.S. Navy in 1946, serving aboard the USS Valley Forge until 1947; involved in testing airships, 1948-1952; worked on airborne early warning systems, 1952-1956; aboard USS Independence, 1964-1965; prisoner of war in North Vietnam, 1965-1973; Commandant Armed Forces Staff College, 1974-1977; retired from U.S. Navy in 1977; executive assistant to president of Spring Hill College, 1977-1980; elected to U.S. Senate, 1980. Member of the Senate’s Armed Services, Judicial, Labor and Human Resources, and Veteran’s Affairs Committees. Founded the Coalition for Decency. Honored by resolution by the Alabama State Legislature and received two awards from the Freedom Foundation. Died March 28, 2014.


Contemporary Authors online, and Who’s Who in the South and Southwest, 1982; obituary, March 29, 2014.


The Meaning of Freedom. West Point, N.Y.; United States Military Academy, 1975.


When Hell Was in Session. New York; Readers Digest Press,