Ervin, Sam at English => English (The Britannica Concise) Of Explained:
U.S. senator (1954-74). Born in Morganton, N.C., he served on the state supreme court (1948-54) before being appointed to a vacant U.S. Senate seat. An eloquent expert on the Constitution, he sat on the Senate committee that censured Sen. J. McCarthy and helped investigate labor racketeering. In the 1960s he led Southern filibusters against civil-rights laws while acting as a leading champion of civil liberties. As chairman of the special committee investigating the Watergate scandal, he became a folk hero for his unceasing pursuit of evidence against White House claims of executive privilege, dispensing wisdom and earthy humor in a distinctive accent.