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Dante Fascell
Dante Fascell official portrait.jpg
Chair of the House Foreign Affairs Committee
In office
December 3, 1983 – January 3, 1993
Preceded byClement J. Zablocki
Succeeded byLee H. Hamilton
Member of the
U.S. House of Representatives
from Florida
In office
January 3, 1955 – January 3, 1993
Preceded byBill Lantaff
Succeeded byPeter Deutsch (Redistricting)
Constituency4th district (1955–67)
12th district (1967–73)
15th district (1973–83)
19th district (1983–93)
Personal details
Born(1917-03-09)March 9, 1917
Bridgehampton, New York, U.S.
DiedNovember 28, 1998(1998-11-28) (aged 81)
Clearwater, Florida, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
RelativesBen Diamond (grandson)
EducationUniversity of Miami (JD)

Dante Bruno Fascell (March 9, 1917 – November 28, 1998) was an American politician who represented Florida as a member of the United States House of Representatives from 1955 to 1993. He served as chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee for nine years.

Early life

Dante Fascell was born in Bridgehampton, New York. In 1925, his family moved to Florida. In 1938, he graduated from the University of Miami School of Law. Fascell was a brother of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia fraternity and the Kappa Sigma fraternity. While a University of Miami law student, Fascell was inducted into its Iron Arrow Honor Society, the University of Miami's highest honor.

Fascell joined the Florida National Guard in 1941 and was commissioned as a second lieutenant in 1942, serving in the African, Sicilian, and Italian Campaigns during World War II, eventually rising to the rank of captain.[1][2]

Political career

Fascell's constituents elected him to the Florida House of Representatives in 1950. In 1954 he was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives as a Democrat in a district representing Dade County, Florida. Fascell refused to sign the 1956 Southern Manifesto, and voted in favor of the Civil Rights Acts of 1960 and 1968,[3][4] as well as the 24th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and the Voting Rights Act of 1965,[5][6] but not the Civil Rights Acts of 1957 and 1964.[7][8] Fascell began as a supporter of the Vietnam War, but he soon spoke out against the war. Fascell cosponsored the War Powers Act of 1973 and he won aid for Cuban-Americans who had settled in his district. He served as the chairman of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs from 1984 to 1993.[9] He worked to repeal the Clark Amendment, allowing the U.S. government to send aid to UNITA rebels in Angola, as a partner in the Black, Manafort, Stone and Kelly lobbying firm.[10]

Fascell worked to champion the creation of Biscayne National Park, south of Miami. It was signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson in 1968. The visitor center in the park is named after Representative Fascell. Similarly, a public park located in South Miami is named for him.[11] The Dante B. Fascell North-South Center Act of 1991 established the prestigious think-tank at the University of Miami.

Fascell retired from the House after his 19th term ended in 1993. When President Bill Clinton took office he proposed to nominate Fascell as the United States Ambassador to Italy, however Fascell declined for family reasons as he had developed colorectal cancer.[12] On October 29, 1998, Fascell was presented with the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Clinton.[13] He died the following month from colorectal cancer, at the age of 81.

Works or publications

  • United States. Congress. Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe; Fascell, Dante B. (1977), Basket III, Implementation of the Helsinki Accords, Washington: U.S. G.P.O., OCLC 70310979
  • Combatting International Terrorism : the Role of Congress, 1986, OCLC 769294159
  • United States. Congress. House. Committee on International Relations; Fascell, Dante B. (1976), Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe ... : Report to Accompany S.2679, Washington: U.S. Govt. Print. Off., OCLC 2236258
  • Fascell, Dante B. (1987), Congress and Arms Control, OCLC 847013401
  • United States. Congress. House. Committee on Foreign Affairs; Fascell, Dante B. (1961), Establishment of the Caribbean Organization : Report to Accompany H.J. Res. 384, Washington, DC: U.S. G.P.O., OCLC 35624037
  • Fascell, Dante B.; Suchlicki, Jaime (2001), Fascell on Cuba : Selected Speeches and Statements on the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro and U.S.-Cuban Relations, Miami, Fla.: Institute for Cuban and Cuban-American Studies, University of Miami, OCLC 46461428
  • United States. Congress. House. Committee on Government Operations; Balderston, C. Canby; Martin, Wm. McChesney, Jr., 1906-; Mitchell, Geo. Wilder, 1904-; United States. Congress; Farrell, John R.; Fascell, Dante B. (1966), Federal Reserve System--check Clearance Float Hearing Before a Subcommittee ... 89th, 2nd Sess. February 9, 1966, Washington: U.S. Govt. Print. Off., OCLC 21217645CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  • United States. Congress. House. Committee on Government Operations. Legal and Monetary Affairs Subcommittee; Fascell, Dante B. (1967), GAO Bid Protest Procedures : R̲̲eport, Washington: U.S. G.P.O., OCLC 26615100
  • International Communications Policy : Preparing for the Future, London: University Press of America, 1987, OCLC 16924709
  • International Communications Policy : Preparing for the Future : the Third David M. Abshire Endowed Lecture, October 8, 1985, Washington, D.C.: Center for Strategic and International Studies, Georgetown University, 1986, OCLC 13526652
  • Fascell, Dante B. (1979), International News : Freedom Under Attack : With Essays by David M. Abshire, Beverly Hills, Calif., Sage Publications, OCLC 471775169
  • Abshire, David M.; Fascell, Dante B.; Georgetown University. Center for Strategic and International Studies (1979), International News : Freedom Under Attack, Beverly Hills, Calif.: Sage Publications, OCLC 5103140
  • United States. Congress. House. Committee on Foreign Affairs. Subcommittee on International Organizations and Movements; Fascell, Dante B. (1966), Report on Activities of the International Cooperation Year, Washington D.C.: U.S. G.P.O., OCLC 2188183
  • Selden, Armistead I.; Fascell, Dante B.; United States. Congress. House. Committee on Foreign Affairs (1961), Special Study Mission to Latin America: Venezuela, Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Bolivia, Panama, Washington: U.S. Govt. Print. Off., OCLC 3290889
  • Scheman, L. Ronald; Kennedy, Edward Moore, 1932-2009; Fascell, Dante B. (1988), The Alliance for Progress : a Retrospective, New York: Praeger, OCLC 468687033CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  • Fascell, Dante B.; United States. Congress. House. Committee on Foreign Affairs (1982), Twenty-third Meeting of the Canada-United States Interparliamentary Group, March 4-8, 1982, Washington, DC: U.S. G.P.O., OCLC 25397536
  • United Nations Financial Situation Background and Consequences of the Article 19 Controversy Over the Financing of U. N. Peacekeeping Operations ..., Subcommittee on International Organizations and Movements of the Committee on Foreign Affairs, House of Representatives, Together with Hearings Before the Subcommittee, Washington, D.C.: U. S. Gov. Print. Off., 1966, OCLC 753644385
  • United States. Congress. House. Committee on Foreign Affairs. Subcommittee on International Organizations and Movements; Fascell, Dante B. (1966), United Nations Financing : Background and Chronology of the Article 19 Controversy, Washington: U.S. G.P.O., OCLC 35621799


  1. ^ Congressional Record, V. 144, Pt. 19, October 19, 1998 to December 19, 1998. Government Printing Office. pp. 27685–. GGKEY:680WW2XCW8P.
  2. ^ Dante B. Fascell; Jaime Suchlicki (2001). Fascell on Cuba: Selected Speeches and Statements on the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro and U.S.-Cuban Relations. Institute for Cuban and Cuban-American Studies, University of Miami. ISBN 978-0-9704916-0-2.
  3. ^ "HR 8601. PASSAGE".
  6. ^ "TO PASS H.R. 6400, THE 1965 VOTING RIGHTS ACT".
  7. ^ "HR 6127. CIVIL RIGHTS ACT OF 1957".
  8. ^ "H.R. 7152. PASSAGE".
  9. ^
  10. ^ Calvo Ospina, Hernando (2002). Bacardi: The Hidden War. p. 46.
  11. ^
  12. ^
  13. ^ "The White House - Office of the Press Secretary". Retrieved 2009-12-08.

Further reading

  • United States. Congress. House. Committee on Foreign Affairs (1989), A Ceremony Unveiling the Portrait of Chairman Dante B. Fascell : a Representative in Congress from the Nineteenth Congressional District of the State of Florida, Tuesday, April 7, 1987, Washington: U.S. G.P.O., OCLC 19759163
  • American Jewish Committee. Oral History Library; Jacobson, Charlotte; Daniels, Florence; New York Public Library. Dorot Jewish Division. Oral History Collection (1990), [Charlotte Jacobson], New York: American Jewish Committee, Oral History Library, OCLC 79234208
  • Fascell, Dante B, 1969, OCLC 166423390
  • [Dante B. Fascell, Head-and-shoulders Portrait, Facing Right], between 1960 and 1980, OCLC 51128022 Check date values in: |date= (help)
  • Fascell, Dante B.; University of Miami. Institute for Soviet and East European Studies (1987), U.S.-Soviet Relations at the Crossroads : Congressman Dante Fascell Reflects on His Visit to the Kremlin, Coral Gables, FL (P.O. Box 248123, Coral Gables 33124): Institute for Soviet and East European Studies, Graduate School of International Studies, University of Miami, OCLC 16752215CS1 maint: location (link)
  • Townsend, Claudia (1972), Dante B. Fascell; Democratic Representative from Florida, Washington, DC: Grossman, OCLC 23369348
  • Congressional Timeline: 73rd Congress (March 9, 1933) - 111th Congress (March 10, 2009)
  • For each Congress beginning with the 73rd (1933–35), this timeline features session dates, partisan composition, the presidential administration, a list of congressional leaders, and notable legislation passed. This first version only addresses legislative output, not non-legislative events such as the impeachment of President Clinton or internal congressional processes or congressional politics.
  • Information about related materials is available at

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