John William Warner III was born on Feb. 18, 1927, in Washington to Dr. John Warner Jr. and Martha (Budd) Warner. His father was an obstetrician-gynecologist in Washington, his mom a homemaker.

Mr. Warner attended St. Albans boarding faculty in Washington however left at age 17 to affix the Navy and serve within the last months of World Conflict II. He by no means formally obtained a highschool diploma. He went on to enroll at Washington and Lee College, graduating in 1949, and on the College of Virginia Faculty of Legislation, earlier than interrupting his research there to affix the Marines throughout the Korean Conflict.

After army service, he returned to legislation faculty and was awarded a level in 1953. He then grew to become a legislation clerk with the USA Courtroom of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit and, from 1956 to 1960, an assistant U.S. legal professional within the district. He labored in non-public legislation follow for a lot of the Sixties till being appointed beneath secretary of the Navy by President Richard M. Nixon. He grew to become secretary in 1972 and served for 2 years. In 1976 he was the federal coordinator of the nationwide bicentennial celebration.

For a few years he raised beef cattle on a farm in Middleburg, Va.

Mr. Warner endured a popularity as one thing of a playboy after his divorce from a member of the rich Mellon household, his marriage to Ms. Taylor and a public relationship with the newscaster Barbara Walters. However his lengthy service within the Senate and a file marked by an impartial streak in the end overshadowed a lot of that picture.

He’s survived by his spouse, Jeanne (Vander Myde) Warner; three kids from his first marriage, to Catherine Mellon — John Warner IV, Virginia Warner and Mary Conover; and two grandsons.

Virginia’s present senators, Mark Warner and Tim Kaine, each Democrats, praised Mr. Warner on Wednesday as a pal, ally and casual adviser and described him as a mannequin of what a politician must be. Mark Warner, who isn’t any relation, had as soon as tried to unseat him.

“John Warner and I ran in opposition to one another again in 1996,” Mr. Warner stated in a press release. “I’ve usually stated since that the proper Warner received that race.”

Jordan Allen contributed reporting.