Everett Dirksen
Historical Figure
Nationality: United States
Date of Birth: 1896
Date of Death: 1969
Cause of Death: Complications stemming from treatment for lung cancer
Religion: Christian Reformed
Occupation: Politician, broadcaster, Author of Non-Fiction
Spouse: Louella Carver Dirksen
Military Branch: United States Army (World War I)
Political Party: Republican Party
Political Office(s): United States Representative from Illinois,
United States Senator from Illinois
Fictional Appearances:
The Man With the Iron Heart
POD: May 29, 1942;
Relevant POD: May, 1945
Type of Appearance: Direct
Political Office(s): United States Representative from Illinois

Everett McKinley Dirksen (January 4, 1896 – September 7, 1969) was a Republican United States Congressman and Senator from Illinois. As Republican Senate leader he played a highly visible and key role in the politics of the 1960s, including helping to write and pass the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Open Housing Act of 1968, both landmarks of Civil Rights legislation. He was one of the Senate's strongest supporters of the Vietnam War.

Everett Dirksen in The Man With the Iron Heart[]

Everett Dirksen was a critic of the Truman Administration's policy in post-war Germany. On July 4, 1947, Dirksen announced to a crowd of protesters in Lafayette Park, Washington, DC, that just a short time before, Indianapolis City Councilman Gus van Slyke had been assassinated while giving a speech. Dirksen then quickly whipped his audience into a frenzy, blaming the assassination indirectly on the Truman Administration. He then led the crowd in singing "The Star-Spangled Banner".[1]


Political offices
Preceded by
William E. Hull
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives

from Illinois's 16th congressional district

Succeeded by
Leo E. Allen
Preceded by
Scott W. Lucas
United States Senator from Illinois
Succeeded by
Ralph Tyler Smith
Party political offices
Preceded by
William F. Knowland
Senate Republican Leader
Succeeded by
Hugh Scott