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Joseph Tydings, true blue former Harford U.S. senator, dies at 90

Joseph Tydings, true blue former Harford U.S. senator, dies at 90

Joseph Davies Tydings, the last Harford County resident to serve in the United States Senate, a confidante of John and Robert Kennedy and a lifelong independent voice for progressive Democrats, died Monday from cancer in Washington, D.C. He was 90.

Sen. Tydings’ career in the state as a federal prosecutor and politician was marked by a willingness to take on members of his own Democratic party, often to their annoyance.

“His progressive battles cost him his Senate seat in 1970, but his display of political courage was an inspiration to me and many others,” said Sen. Chris Van Hollen. “In these difficult times, he serves as a powerful example of the best in public...

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