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Patrick Vincent McNamara (October 4, 1894 – April 30, 1966) was a Democratic United States Senator (1955-1966) from the state of Michiganmarker.

McNamara was born in North Weymouth, Massachusettsmarker and attended the public schools in nearby Weymouthmarker and the Fore River Apprentice School in Quincymarker. He moved to Detroit, Michiganmarker in 1921, and became active in union and civic affairs. He worked in the construction industry 1921-1955. He was director of the Detroit area of the Office of Price Administration, Rent Division 1942-1945. He was vice president of Stanley-Carter Company 1946-1954. He was a member of the Detroit City Council 1946-1947 and the Detroit Board of Education 1949-1955.

McNamara was elected as a Democrat to the United States Senate in 1954 and was reelected in 1960, serving from January 3, 1955, until his death in Bethesda, Marylandmarker. In the Eighty-seventh Congress, he became the first chairman of the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging. He also chaired the U.S. Senate Committee on Public Works in the Eighty-eighth and Eighty-ninth Congresses.

He died on April 30, 1966, aged 71, and was interred in Mount Olivet Cemetery in Detroit.

McNamara was a member of the Americans for Democratic Action. The Patrick V. McNamara Federal Building was named for him.


  • U.S. Congress. Memorial Services Held in the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States, Together with Remarks Presented in Eulogy of Patrick V. McNamara, Late a Senator from Michigan. 89th Cong., 2nd sess., 1966. Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1967.


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