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Senator Brien McMahon (D) made a name for himself through chairing the Senate Special Committee on Atomic Energy, and he wrote the Atomic Energy Act of 1946. He announced his candidacy for the Democrat presidential nomination on May 1, 1952. His campaign slogan was, “The Man is McMahon,” and his main platform was to insure world peace through atomic weapons. Sadly, he died on July 28, 1952. Connecticut held a special election to fill McMahon’s vacant seat, won by Prescott Bush, father and grandfather of Presidents George H. W. Bush and George W. Bush respectively. McMahon is memorialized in a stamp, a high school, and a residence hall at the University of Connecticut.
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