18 Facts About Amo Houghton


Amo Houghton served as a member of the United States House of Representatives and was a member of one of upstate New York's most prominent business and political families, the Houghtons.

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Amo Houghton attended St Paul's School in Concord, New Hampshire and was a member of the class of 1945.

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Amo Houghton later served as a member of the school's board of trustees.

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In 1944, Amo Houghton enlisted in the United States Marine Corps for World War II.

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Amo Houghton attained the rank of private first class, and was discharged in 1946.

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Amo Houghton graduated from Harvard University with a Bachelor of Arts in 1950 and received his Master of Business Administration degree from Harvard in 1952.

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Amo Houghton joined the company in 1951, and worked as an accountant, process engineer, manufacturing foreman, and sales manager.

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Amo Houghton joined the board of directors in 1955, became a vice president in 1957, and was appointed president in 1961.

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From 1964 to 1983, Amo Houghton served as Corning's chairman and chief executive officer.

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In 1986, Amo Houghton was elected to the United States House of Representatives as a Republican.

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Amo Houghton had a moderate voting record and was founder of the Republican Main Street Partnership, which he formed to encourage a more moderate stance to public issues.

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Amo Houghton was frequently called upon to serve as a broker between Democratic and Republican members on critical issues since he was a champion for improving civility between political parties.

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Amo Houghton served on the International Relations and Ways and Means Committees.

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Amo Houghton was one of four Republicans to vote against all the impeachment articles against President Clinton in 1998.

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In 2001, Amo Houghton was one of only three Republicans to vote against permanently repealing the estate tax.

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Amo Houghton clashed occasionally with the increasingly Southern, socially conservative orientation of the party.

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For example, Amo Houghton was one of the most vocal pro-choice Republicans in Congress.

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Amo Houghton was a member of the ReFormers Caucus of Issue One.

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