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Carl Atwood ELLIOTT

(1913-1999)

ELLIOTT, Carl Atwood, a Representative from Alabama; born in Vina, Franklin County, Ala., December 20, 1913; attended the public schools of Franklin County; was graduated from the University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa in 1933 and from its law school in 1936; was admitted to the bar the same year and commenced the practice of law in Russellville, Ala.; in December 1936 moved to Jasper, Ala., and continued the practice of law; served as judge of Recorders Court, Jasper, Ala., in 1942 and 1946; city attorney at various times for Dora, Parrish, Cordova, Carbon Hill, and Oakman, Ala.; served with the Seventy-ninth Division, Three Hundred and Thirteenth Infantry, United States Army, 1942-1944; member of Alabama State Democratic Executive Committee 1942-1950; elected as a Democrat to the Eighty-first and to the seven succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1949-January 3, 1965); chairman, Select Committee on Government Research (Eighty-eighth Congress); unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1964 to the Eighty-ninth Congress; member of the bar of the District of Columbia since 1965; unsuccessful candidate for the Democratic nomination for Governor of Alabama in 1966; served on President’s Library Commission 1967-1968; chairman, Public Evaluation Committee, Office of State Technical Services, United States Department of Commerce, 1967-1968; member, Commerce Technical Advisory Board, United States Department of Commerce, 1968-1970; resumed the practice of law until his retirement in 1986; owned and operated an editing and publishing business; was a resident of Jasper, Ala., until his death there on January 9, 1999.

Bibliography

Elliot, Carl, Sr., and Michael D’Orso. The Cost of Courage: The Journey of an American Congressman. New York: Doubleday, 1992.

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

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