Whitney Stewart Gravel Wiki – Whitney Stewart Gravel Biography
Whitney Stewart Gravel is the wife of Mike Gravel, was an American politician who served as the United States Senator from Alaska from 1969 to 1981 as a member of the Democratic Party and who ran for that party’s presidential nomination in 2008 and 2020.
Born and raised in Springfield, Massachusetts, to French-Canadian immigrant parents, Gravel moved to Alaska in the late 1950s, became a real estate developer, and entered politics. He served in the Alaska House of Representatives from 1963 to 1967 and also became Speaker of the Alaska House. Gravel was elected to the United States Senate in 1968.
As a senator, Gravel became known nationally for his forceful but unsuccessful attempts to end the draft during the Vietnam War and for putting the Pentagon Papers on public record in 1971. He led a campaign for the Democratic nomination in 1972 for Vice President of the United States and later played a crucial role in obtaining congressional approval for the Trans-Alaska Pipeline in 1973. He was re-elected to the Senate in 1974, but his candidacy for a third term was defeated in a primary election in 1980.
An advocate of direct democracy and the National Initiative, Gravel staged a race for the 2008 Democratic nomination for the presidency of the United States. His campaign garnered no support, and in March 2008 he left the Democratic Party and joined the Libertarian Party to compete unsuccessfully for his presidential nomination and the inclusion of the National Initiative on the Libertarian Platform. He ran for president as a Democrat again in the 2020 election in a campaign that ended four months after it began. His campaign staff later founded the progressive think tank The Gravel Institute.
Whitney Stewart Gravel Age
Whitney Stewart Gravel’s age is unknown.
Mike Gravel Cause of Death
Gravel died of multiple myeloma at his home in Seaside, California, on June 26, 2021, at the age of 91. The obituary for him in The New York Times said that Gravel was “a two-term Democratic senator from Alaska … perhaps best known as a cheeky attention-getter” who later became known for “riding long-range presidential careers.”
The obituary in The Washington Post was similar, saying that Gravel was “an Alaskan Democrat with a flair for the theatrical who went from obscurity to brief renown” and later “ran quixotic campaigns for the presidency.” The Anchorage Daily News quoted Gravel as saying of himself in 1989: “I’m an independent guy. A tough and smart guy. My glands work in a way that makes me stand up, foolishly at times, and fight.