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Record Group Number: 900000
Series/Collection Number: N2007- 5
Creator: Stone, Richard, 1928-
Title, Dates: Senator Richard B. Stone papers, 1974-1981.
Amount: 128.25 cubic ft.
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Biographical/Historical:     Richard Bernard Stone was an attorney, Florida and United States Senator, and diplomat.  Stone began practicing law in Miami, Florida in the mid-1950s.  In 1967 he was elected to the State Senate of Florida where he served until  elected as the Secretary of State for Florida in 1970.  Stone went on to be the Democratic party nominee for the US Senate in 1974 and was elected in a three way race with 43 percent of the vote.

    Stone established an independent reputation in the Senate.  While serving on the Foreign Relations Committee he was chairman of the Subcommittee on Near Eastern and South Asian Affairs.  Senator Stone also served on the Veterans' Affairs Committee as well as the Agriculture, Forestry, and Nutrition Committees.  He voted in support of the development of a "neutron bomb" and against amnesty for draft dodgers and federal funding of abortion.  He supported the passage of the Panama Canal treaties which returned the Canal Zone to Panama and turned over the canal to Panamanian operation.  Many analysts think the later vote cost him his Senate seat.

    After being defeated for re-election in 1980, Senator Stone entered private law practice in Washington, D.C.  From March 1981 to March 1982 he was a registered agent of Guatemala and briefly held the same position for Taiwan.  In 1982 Senator Stone left the practice of law and became Vice Chairman of Capital Bank in Washington, D.C.  He also began consulting for the U.S. Department Of State in the area of public diplomacy.

    Senator Stone was appointed as a special envoy to Central America by President Ronald Reagan in June of 1983.  He served in that post until February of 1984 when he returned to the private practice of law.
Summary:     This collection consists of legislative files, constituent correspondence files, and tape recordings documenting the U.S. Senate career of Richard B. Stone from 1974 to 1981.  Legislative files include  Senate voting records, 1974 campaign files, correspondence files, news releases/clippings, speeches/writings, and photographs.  Also included are background research files on topics of interest to the Senator, e.g. agriculture, foreign relations, and veterans' affairs.  Constituent correspondence is comprise of letters to Stone from constituents expressing opinions on the topics which were under consideration in Congress.  Some folders have been marked as "pro" or "anti" and others unmarked.  The unmarked folders document a variety of views.  The tape recordings  are mostly speeches and interviews, while some are broadcasts of Senate hearings.
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Subject Access Fields: Stone, Richard, 1928-
United States. Congress.  --Senate.
Senate (U.S. Congress)
Legislators United States
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