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Charles H. Percy dies at 91; moderate former GOP senator

Charles H. Percy dies at 91; moderate former GOP senator

Former Sen. Charles H. Percy, a former Foreign Relations Committee chairman whose moderate Republican views put him at odds with party conservatives, died Saturday in Washington, D.C. He was 91. Percy's daughter, Sharon Rockefeller, announced in 2009 that he had Alzheimer's disease. His death was confirmed by the office of her husband, Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.). Elected by Illinois voters to the first of his three Senate terms in 1966, Percy was mentioned as a possible presidential candidate. He was helped by handsome looks, a rich baritone voice and the relaxed self-confidence of the successful business executive he once was. But the silver-haired senator came to power...

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