Former Sen. Charles H. Percy, 91, a Republican from Illinois, died on Saturday, the Washington Post reported. He had Alzheimer's disease.
Percy served in the Senate from 1967 to 1985. He was a liberal Rockefeller Republican and was opposed to the Vietnam War. Percy also spoke out against President Richard Nixon's conservative judicial nominees. He considered running for president in 1976, but took himself out of the running when Gerald Ford decided to seek a full term. Percy's Senate career came to an end when he narrowly lost his 1984 reelection bid to Paul Simon.
Prior to serving in the Senate, Percy was president of Bell & Howell and was active in Republican politics.
Among Percy's relatives is his daughter, Sharon Percy Rockefeller, who is the president and chief executive of Washington public television station WETA. She's married to Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va. Sen. Rockefeller did not serve concurrently in the Senate with Percy; he won election in 1984, the same year Percy was defeated.
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