Jennings Randolph was a warrior for peace and had great faith in young people:
"They possess a great social conscience, are
"The Father of the 26th Amendment" introduced legislation eleven times -- in the U.S. House of Representatives and later in the United States Senate -- to lower the voting age, beginning in 1942 until its passage in 1971. Due to his persistence, 18-20-year-olds have had the opportunity to vote in eight presidential elections.
In his later years Jennings Randolph grew very concerned about the widespread cynicism of America’s youth. He frequently exhorted them to exercise their "franchise of freedom:"
We have needs and problems
The time is now!
Jennings Randolph met with youth groups regularly. As host of the annual National Youth Science Camp delegates and YMCA National Youth Governors in Washington, he provided inspirational discussion time for young leaders with senators from their respective states.
For excerpts from YMCA talk on 26th Amendment, click here.
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