Sen. Neuberger, Jewish Member of U.S. Senate, Dies; Was 47 Years Old
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Sen. Neuberger, Jewish Member of U.S. Senate, Dies; Was 47 Years Old

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Senator Richard L. Neuberger, one of the three United States Senators of Jewish origin, died today of a cerebral hemorrhage at the age of 47. Senator Neuberger held membership in a reform Jewish temple in Portland.

A native of Portland, Sen. Neuberger held the distinction of being the first Democratic Senator to be elected from Oregon in 40 years. A political liberal, he was concerned with the conservation of natural resources and similar problems. He was interested in agricultural and other aspects of the upbuilding of the State of Israel and addressed the Jewish National Fund organization and similar groups on such topics.

The use of political anti-Semitic against Sen. Neuberger backfired in 1954 when he was campaigning for election. A newspaper attacked Neuberger, singling out his religious affiliation. Oregonians were so shocked by Republican tactics in Oregon against Sen. Neuberger that many voters as a result of the defamation, voted for him.

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