Editors note: Ambassador John C. Danforth is an Episcopal priest and a former United States Ambassador to the United Nations. He served for 18 years as a Republican Senator from Missouri. His Op-Ed article "Onward, Moderate Christian...
John C. Danforth
Former United States Senator John C. Danforth is a partner with the law firm of Bryan Cave LLP.
In 2004, Danforth represented the United States as U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations where he focused on ending the North/South civil war in Sudan, a 20 year conflict that killed two million people and displaced five million others. A peace agreement between the two sides was ultimately signed in Nairobi, Kenya on January 9, 2005.
Danforth represented the State of Missouri in the United States Senate for 18 years, retiring in 1994. Currently, Danforth is Chairman of the Danforth Foundation, a philanthropic organization focused on strengthening the St. Louis metropolitan area.
Danforth began his political career in 1968, when he was elected Attorney General of Missouri. He was re-elected to the post in 1972. He was elected to the U.S. Senate in 1976 and re-elected in 1982 and 1988.
Danforth graduated with honors from Princeton University in 1958. In 1963, he received a Bachelor of Divinity degree from Yale Divinity School and a Bachelor of Laws degree from Yale Law School.
Danforth and his wife, the former Sally Dobson of St. Louis, live in St. Louis County. They have five children and thirteen grandchildren.