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Former Sen. Charles Percy dies

By Laurie Bennett

September 17, 2011 at 4:02pm

Charles H. Percy, a three-term U.S. senator from Illinois, died Saturday at age 91.

Percy, former chairman and CEO of Bell & Howell, was a flag-bearer of the now-defunct (and increasingly missed) liberal wing of the Republican Party.

Charles H. Percy
Charles H. Percy

He was also father-in-law to Jay Rockefeller, Democratic senator from West Virginia. His daughter, Sharon Percy Rockefeller, is the wife of Jay Rockefeller and a power broker in her own right.

As the Washington Post notes, Percy frequently opposed President Richard Nixon, and eventually wound up on Nixon’s “enemies list.”

He lost his re-election bid in 1984, to Democrat Paul Simon.

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