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Christine S. McCreary
Staff of Senator Stuart Symington, 1953-1977 and Senator John Glenn, 1977-1998

In her 45 years of service on Capitol Hill, Christine McCreary saw great changes in both the Senate and in Washington, D.C. She left Bethune-Cookman College to come to the capital as a secretary during World War II. While working in the Federal Security Administration typing pool, she was called to take dictation for the chairman of the National Security Board, Stuart Symington. Symington was impressed with her work and invited her to join his staff when he became director of the Reconstruction Finance Corporation and when he was elected to the Senate as a Missouri Democrat in 1952. McCreary was one of the first African American staff members to challenge the de facto segregation that existed by dining regularly in the staff cafeterias. Remaining with Senator Symington until his retirement, she then joined the staff of Ohio Senator John Glenn.

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Interview 1
Citation: Scholarly citation: "Christine S. McCreary, Staff of Senator Stuart Symington, 1953-1977 and Senator John Glenn, 1977-1998," Oral History Interviews, Senate Historical Office, Washington, D.C.
Deed of Gift: I, Christine S. McCreary, do hereby give to the Senate Historical Office the tape recording and transcript of my interview on May 19, 1998. I authorize the Senate Historical Office to use the tape and transcript in such a manner as may best serve the educational and historical objectives of their oral history program. I also approve the deposit of the transcripts at the Library of Congress, National Archives, Senate Library, the papers of Senators Stuart Symington and John Glenn, and any other institution which the Senate Historical Office may deem appropriate. In making this gift, I voluntarily convey ownership of the tapes and transcripts to the public domain. Christine McCreary August 28, 1998 Accepted on behalf of the Senate Historical Office by: Richard A. Baker September 9, 1998

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