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Conservative Coalition

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The '''Conservative coalitionCoalition''' was a coalition in the U.S. Congress that brought together the majority of the Northern [[Republicans]] and a conservative, mostly Southern minority of the [[Democrats]]. The coalition battled the liberals of the [[New Deal Coalition]] and largely controlled Congress from 1937 to 1963. It continued as a potent force until the 1990s when the southern Democrats were replaced by southern Republicans. It no longer exists.
In its heyday, its most important Republican leader until his death in 1963 was Senator [[Robert A. Taft]] of Ohio; Illinois Senator [[Everett Dirksen]] was the key Republican in the 1960s. The chief Democrats were Senator [[Richard Russell, Jr.]] of Georgia and Congressmen [[Howard W. Smith]] of Virginia and [[Carl Vinson]] of Georgia.
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