ELLIOTT, Carl Atwood

1913–1999

Biography

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; interment in Oak Hill Cemetery, Jasper, Ala.

View Record in the Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress

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External Research Collections

University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa
W.S. Hoole Special Collections Library

Tuscaloosa, AL
Papers: 1932. ca. 6,720 items. In part transcripts. Correspondence, speeches, press releases, and other papers chiefly relating to his work on congressional committees. Unpublished guide in library.
Papers: In the William Stanely Hoole Papers, ca. 1920-1980s, 13 linear feet. The papers include speeches written for Carl Elliott concerning U.S. education, 1957-1958.
Papers: In the John Will Johnson Papers, 1936-1951, approximately 460 items. Correspondents include Carl Elliott.

Alabama Department of Archives and History

Montgomery, AL
Papers: In the Alabama Circuit Court (8th Circuit), Judge James N. Bloodworth's Program Administration Files, 1959-1968, 19 cubic feet. Correspondents include Carl Elliott. A container list is available in the repository.
Papers: In the Sam Engelhardt Papers, 1888-1973, approximately 18 cubic feet. Correspondents include Carl Elliott. A container list is available in the repository.

Auburn University Library

Auburn, AL
Papers: In Alabama Farm Bureau Federation records, 1922-1980. ca. 47 cubic feet (1 foot congressional correspondence). Correspondence between Congressmen and Farm Bureau officials concerning legislation. Finding aid in repository. Restricted.
Oral History: In the Oral history Interviews, 1974-1975, 12 cassette tapes. Interviewees include Carl Elliott.

University of Virginia
Albert and Shirley Small Special Collection Library

Charlotte, VA
Oral History: In the Bruce J. Dierenfield Oral History Interviews, 1975-1984, 27 sound cassettes. Interviewees include Carl Elliott.
Papers: In the Papers Relating to Dierenfield's Biography of Howard W. Smith [manuscript], 1978-1985, approximately 150 items. Persons represented include Carl Elliott.
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Bibliography / Further Reading

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

Roberts, Charles K. "Race, Wallace, and the '9-8' Plan: The Defeat of Carl Elliott." Alabama Review 62 (April 2009): 113-44.

Silveri, Louis. "'Pushing the Fence Back Too Far': The Defeat of Congressman Carl Elliott in 1964." Alabama Review 45 (January 1992): 3-17.

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