WELTNER, Charles Longstreet

1927–1992

Biography

WELTNER, Charles Longstreet, a Representative from Georgia; born in Atlanta, Fulton County Ga., December 17, 1927; attended the public schools of Fulton County, Ga.; graduated from Oglethorpe University at Atlanta, Ga., in 1948 and from Columbia University School of Law at New York City, in 1950; received M.A. from Columbia Theological Seminary, 1983, and LL.M., University of Virginia Law School, 1983; commenced practice in Atlanta, Ga., in 1950; served as a first lieutenant in the United States Army, 1955-1957; elected as a Democrat to the Eighty-eighth and Eighty-ninth Congresses (January 3, 1963-January 3, 1967); was not a candidate for reelection in 1966 to the Ninetieth Congress; unsuccessful candidate for election in 1968 to the Ninety-first Congress; deputy chairman, Democratic National Committee, and director of young Americans division, 1967; resumed the practice of law; judge, Superior Court, Atlanta Judicial Circuit, 1976-1981; chairman, Judicial Council of Georgia, 1980-1981; justice, Supreme Court of Georgia, 1981-1992, chief justice from June 1992 until his death in Atlanta, Ga., on August 31, 1992; was a resident of Atlanta; interment in Arlington Memorial Park, Sandy Springs, Fulton County, Ga.

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

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External Research Collections

Atlanta History Center

Atlanta, GA
Papers: 1950-1991, 30 cubic feet. The Charles Weltner Papers contain correspondence, case files, speeches, writings, notes, scrapbooks, guestbooks, notebooks, and other papers,relating to Weltner's career as a lawyer, U.S. representative, and Georgia superior and supreme court justice. Includes files kept while writing his thesis at University of Dublin and material relating to Georgia politics, civil rights, Democratic Party, Ku Klux Klan, and Vietnamese Conflict. Persons represented include John Willie Reed and Esequiel Torres.
Papers: In the Atlanta Symposium Records, ca. 1907, 2 cubic feet. Other authors include Charles Weltner.
Papers: In the William Harper Glenn Papers, 1888-1977, 1.5 cubic feet. Other authors include Charles Weltner.

Georgia State University
Georgia Government Documentation Project, Special Collection Department, William Russell Pullen Library

Atlanta, GA
Oral History: 1986, 4 audiotapes. The collection consists of oral history interviews with Charles Weltner on July 9 and 17, 1986 in which he discusses his family background; father's political history; the New Deal; the Cocking affair; county unit system; Hartsfield v. Sloan; "Strike One" campaign; King v. Chapman; Supreme Court; Cook v. Fortson; Baker v. Carr; Jim Davis; Morris Abram; Democratic Party Forum; Kennedy campaign; Ivan Allen, Sr.; Lester Maddox; working on Ivan Allen's mayoral campaign; first congressional election, Washington 1963-1964; Hayes Johnson; attitudes toward southern Congressmen; agricultural bills; anti-cotton subsidy speech; Banking and Currency Committee; rapid transit; voting age amendment; HUAC; Ku Klux Klan; John F. Kennedy; 1964 Civil Rights bill; Ben Blackburn; Voting Rights Act of 1965; Jim Mackay; Weltner's withdrawal in 1966; and Robert Woodruff. Interviewed by Cliff Kuhn.

University of Michigan
Bentley Historical Library

Ann Arbor, MI
Papers: In the Stellanova Osborn Papers, 1916-1992, 40 linear feet. Other authors include Charles Weltner.

University of Oklahoma
The Julian P. Kanter Political Commercial Archive, Department of Communication

Norman, OK
Film reel: 1964, 1 commercial on 1 film reel. The commercial was used during Charles Weltner's campaign for the 1964 U.S. congressional election in District 5 of Georgia, Democratic Party.

The University of West Georgia
Georgia's Political Heritage Program Ingram Library, Special Collections, Ingram Library

Carrollton, GA
Oral History: ca. 1992, 6 tapes. An interview conducted with Charles Weltner.
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Bibliography / Further Reading

Dimon, Joseph H. "Charles L. Weltner and Civil Rights." Atlanta History 24 (Fall 1980): 7-20.

Wannamaker, George Noell. "Charles Longstreet Weltner: A Public Life." Ph. D. Diss., Georgia State University, 1999.

Weltner, Charles L. Southerner. New York: Lippincott, 1966.

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