GREENWICH, Conn. -- Happy Birthday To Greenwich’s Lowell Palmer Weicker Jr.!
Weicker Jr., who has owned a home in Greenwich, turns 85 on Monday. The politician was born May 16, 1931, in Paris.
He began his political career after serving in the U.S. Army from 1953 to 1955 after the Korean War.
Weicker, then a Republican, served in the Connecticut State House of Representatives from 1962 to 1966 and as first selectman of Greenwich before winning election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1968.
He served only one term in the House before being elected to the U.S. Senate in 1970. His three terms in the U.S. Senate lasted from 1971 to 1989. He gained national attention for his service on the Senate Watergate Committee.
Though a member of the Republican Party during his time in Congress, he later left the Republican Party and became one of the few independents to be elected as a governor in recent years. He served as the 85th governor of Connecticut, serving from 1991 and 1995. Connecticut added its state income tax during his one-term tenure as governor.
He also unsuccessfully sought the Republican nomination for president in 1980.
He was also a member of the Board of Directors of WWE for 15 years.
He later became a professor at the George Washington University Law School.
In 1996, he joined the Board of Directors for Compuware and still holds this position.