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Carl Thomas CURTIS

(1905-2000)
Senate Years of Service:
1955-1979
Party:
Republican

CURTIS, Carl Thomas, a Representative and a Senator from Nebraska; born near Minden, Kearney County, Nebr., March 15, 1905; attended the public schools, and Nebraska Wesleyan University at Lincoln; teacher in the Minden, Nebr., schools in 1927; studied law; admitted to the bar in 1930 and commenced practice in Minden; county attorney of Kearney County, Nebr. 1931-1934; elected as a Republican to the Seventy-sixth Congress and to the seven succeeding Congresses and served from January 3, 1939, until his resignation December 31,1954; was not a candidate for reelection; elected as a Republican in 1954 to the United States Senate for the six-year term commencing January 3, 1955; subsequently appointed by the Governor, January 1, 1955, to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Hazel H. Abel for the term ending January 3, 1955; reelected in 1960, 1966, and again in 1972 and served from January 1, 1955, to January 3, 1979; was not a candidate for reelection in 1978; chairman, Republican Conference (1975-1979); practiced law in Lincoln, Nebr. where he was a resident until his death on January 24, 2000; interment in Minden Cemetery in Minden, Nebr.

Bibliography

Scribner Encyclopedia of American Lives; Curtis, Carl T. To Remind. Henderson, NE: Service Press, 1982; Curtis, Carl T., and Regis Courtemanche. Forty Years Against the Tide: Congress and the Welfare State. Chicago: Regnery Gateway, 1986.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present