Amo Houghton is confirmed dead at the age of 93.
Amo was best known as a American glass executive .
Former southern tier congressman Amo Houghton died yesterday at age 93.
Amo Houghton, the former Congressman from the Southern Tier who also led Corning Inc. for a number of years, has di…
RT @newsnet14895: Corning Incorporated Remembers Amory “Amo” Houghton Jr.
Amo Houghton was a good man. I am fortunate to have met him and witnessed his kindness first-hand.
RT @pressconnects: Houghton led Corning Inc. after his father before becoming a congressman. He died on March 4.
Houghton led Corning Inc. after his father before becoming a congressman. He died on March 4.
RT @RepFredUpton: Amo Houghton simply cared about people - all of them — with no distinction. His moral compass never failed him or t…
Amo Houghton simply cared about people - all of them — with no distinction. His moral compass never failed him or t…
RT @Corning: Today, we mourn the loss of Amory (Amo) Houghton, Jr., 93, who passed away Wednesday and served Corning as chairman…
RT @TheBuffaloNews: Amo Houghton, Corning Glass heir who served 18 years in Congress, dies at 93
Former Rep. Amo Houghton dies at 93.
Amo Houghton was a giant of decency, industry and public service. God bless his memory and rest his soul, and may t…
RT @RepTomReed: We are so sad to hear of the passing of Amo Houghton.
RT @bobmccarthybn: Amo Houghton, one of the most decent and entertaining pols I have ever covered, died Wednesday in his Corning home. He was 93. What a guy!
RT @nikitaramostv: So sad to hear Amo Houghton has passed at 93 years old. He was the head of his family’s esteemed glass works comp…
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Amo Houghton, the former Corning CEO who succeeded Stan Lundine in the U.S. House, just passed away. His district r…
Amo Houghton
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Member of the
U.S. House of Representatives
from New York
In office
January 3, 1987 – January 3, 2005
Preceded byStan Lundine
Succeeded byRandy Kuhl
Constituency34th district (1987–1993)
31st district (1993–2003)
29th district (2003–2005)
Personal details
Amory Houghton Jr.

(1926-08-07)August 7, 1926
Corning, New York, U.S.
DiedMarch 4, 2020(2020-03-04) (aged 93)
Corning, New York, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Ruth West (1950–1988)
Priscilla Dewey (1989–2012)
RelativesAmory Houghton (father)
Alanson B. Houghton (grandfather)
EducationHarvard University (BA, MBA)
Military service
Allegiance United States
Branch/service United States Marine Corps
Years of service1944–1946
RankPrivate (first class)
UnitUSS Macon
Guantanamo Bay Naval Base
Battles/warsWorld War II
 • Battle of the Caribbean
Amory "Amo" Houghton Jr. (August 7, 1926—March 4, 2020) was a Republican politician from the U.S. state of New York, a retired member of the House of Representatives, and member of one of upstate New York's most prominent families in business, the Houghton family.
1 Early life
2 Military service
3 Business career
4 U.S. Congress
4.1 Voting record
4.2 Committee memberships
4.3 Issues
4.4 Reputation
4.5 Later life and death
5 Family
6 See also
7 References
8 External links
Early life
The son of Amory Houghton and Laura DeKay Richardson, and the grandson of Alanson B. Houghton, Amory Houghton Jr. was born in Corning, New York. He attended St. Paul's School in Concord, New Hampshire and was a member of the class of 1945. Houghton later served as a member of the school's board of trustees.
Military service
In 1944, Houghton enlisted in the United States Marine Corps for World War II. Assigned to USS Macon (CA-132) and Guantanamo Bay Naval Base, he took part with his unit in activities associated with the Battle of the Caribbean. Houghton attained the rank of private first class, and was discharged in 1946.
Business career
He graduated from Harvard University with a bachelor of arts in 1950 and received his master of business administration degree from Harvard in 1952.
Houghton spent his business career with his family's company, Corning Glass Works (now Corning Incorporated), a company founded in 1851 by his great-great-grandfather, Amory Houghton. He joined the company in 1951, and worked as an accountant, process engineer, manufacturing foreman, and sales manager. He joined the board of directors in 1955, became a vice president in 1957, and was appointed president in 1961. From 1964 to 1983, Houghton served as Corning's chairman and chief executive officer.
In addition to Corning Glass, his other business interests included membership on the board of directors of IBM, First National City Bank (later Citigroup), Procter & Gamble, Genentech, and B. F. Goodrich.
U.S. Congress
In 1986, Houghton was elected to the United States House of Representatives as a Republican. Houghton reportedly was among the richest members of the House, with a wealth of $475 million.
Voting record
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. He 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. While he voted with Republicans on most issues relating to the budget, he also voted with the Democratic Party on issues of environmental protection, civil rights and funding for the arts and education.
Committee memberships
He served on the International Relations and Ways and Means Committees.
He was one of only four Republicans to vote against all the impeachment articles against President Clinton in 1998.
In 2001, Houghton was one of only three Republicans to vote against permanently repealing the estate tax.
On October 10, 2002, he was among the six House Republicans who voted against the resolution authorizing the invasion of Iraq.
Throughout his career Houghton was one of Upstate New York's most well known and respected members of Congress; he was usually re-elected with more than 65 percent of the vote. He clashed occasionally with the increasingly Southern, socially conservative orientation of the party. For example, Houghton was one of the most vocal pro-choice Republicans in Congress.
Later life and death
On April 7, 2004, Houghton announced his intention not to seek a tenth term in Congress. On January 3, 2005, Houghton's term expired and he was succeeded by John R. "Randy" Kuhl. He was a member of the ReFormers Caucus of Issue One. In 2018, he spoke out against the presidency of Donald Trump and stated that he would support efforts to remove him from office.
Corning Inc. announced on March 5, 2020 that Houghton had died the previous day.
In 1950, Houghton married Ruth Frances West of Waccabuc, New York. Their children include Amory, Robert, Sarah, and Quincy. After their 1988 divorce, in 1989 Houghton married Priscilla B. Dewey (1924–2012).
See also
Biography portal
List of richest American politicians
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