Clarence Long

U.S. Congressperson

1908 – 1994


Who was Clarence Long?

Clarence "Doc" Dickinson Long, PhD, known as "Doc Long", was a Democratic U.S. Congressman who represented the 2nd congressional district of Maryland from January 3, 1963 to January 3, 1985. Long became Chairman of the subcommittee on Foreign Operations of the House Appropriations Committee. In this role he supervised the foreign aid budget. Long's support for the anti-Soviet Mujahideen was recounted in the film Charlie Wilson's War, in which Long was played by Ned Beatty. Long was defeated for re-election by Republican Helen Delich Bentley in 1984.

Long was born in South Bend, Indiana. He received his bachelor's degree from Washington and Jefferson College in 1932, and his master's degree and PhD from Princeton University in 1935 and 1938, respectively. He also served in the United States Navy during World War II. He is a former member of the United States Council of Economic Advisers to the President and in the 1930s was a professor of economics at Wesleyan University.

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Dec 11, 1908
South Bend
Also known as
  • Doc Long
  • United States of America
  • Princeton University
Lived in
  • New Jersey
Sep 18, 1994

on July 23, 2013


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