Estes Kefauver
Historical Figure
Nationality: United States
Date of Birth: 1903
Date of Death: 1963
Cause of Death: Heart attack
Religion: Baptist
Occupation: Lawyer, educator, politician
Parents: Robert Kefauver,
Phredonia Bradford
Spouse: Nancy Pigott
Children: Four
Political Party: Democratic Party
Political Office(s): United States Representative from Tennessee,
United States Senator from Tennessee
Fictional Appearances:
The Hot War
POD: November, 1950
Appearance(s): Fallout
Type of Appearance: Contemporary references
Date of Death: 1952
Cause of Death: Killed in an atomic bombing (World War III)
Political Office(s): United States Senator from Tennessee

Carey Estes Kefauver (July 26, 1903 – August 10, 1963) was an American politician from Tennessee. A member of the Democratic Party, he served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1939 to 1949 and in the Senate from 1949 until his death from a heart attack.

After leading a much-publicized investigation into organized crime in the early 1950s, he twice sought his party's nomination for President of the United States. In 1956, he was selected by the Democratic National Convention to run for Vice President with Adlai Stevenson II. They were defeated by Dwight Eisenhower and Richard Nixon. Still holding his Senate seat, Kefauver was named chair of the U.S. Senate Antitrust and Monopoly Subcommittee in 1957 and held that post until his death.

Estes Kefauver in The Hot War[]

Senator Estes Kefauver (1903-1952) of Tennessee was one of several Democrats who joined the race for the party's presidential nomination after Harry Truman decided not to run again in October 1951, as a consequence of the disastrous course of World War III. Many wondered if the country was willing to elect someone from the "wrong side" of the Mason-Dixon line.[1] Unfortunately, Kefauver and several of his rivals were killed in May 1952 when the Soviet Union successfully dropped two atomic bombs on Washington, DC.[2]


  1. Fallout, pg. 325, HC.
  2. Ibid., pg. 397.
Political offices
Preceded by
Samuel Davis McReynolds
U.S. Representative from Tennessee's 3rd District
Succeeded by
James B. Frazier Jr.
Preceded by
A. Thomas Stewart
U.S. Senator (Class 2) from Tennessee
Succeeded by
Herbert S. Walters
Party political offices
Preceded by
John Sparkman
Democratic Party vice presidential nominee
1956 (lost)
Succeeded by
Lyndon Johnson
Political offices
(The Hot War)
Preceded by
A. Thomas Stewart
U.S. Senator (Class 2) from Tennessee
Succeeded by