DICKINSON, William Louis

DICKINSON, William Louis
Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives
1925–2008

Biography

DICKINSON, William Louis, a Representative from Alabama; born in Opelika, Lee County, Ala., June 5, 1925; attended the public schools of Opelika, Ala.; served in United States Navy, 1943-1946; major, United States Air Force Reserves; University of Alabama Law School, J.D., 1950; was admitted to the bar in 1950 and began practice in Opelika, Ala.; Opelika city judge, 1952-1954; judge of Lee County Court of Common Pleas and of Juvenile Court, 1954-1958; circuit judge, Fifth Judicial Circuit of Alabama, 1958-1962; assistant vice president of the Southern Railway System, 1962-1964; member of Opelika Board of Education, 1954-1962, and served as president in 1961; member and one of cofounders of the board of directors of Lee County Rehabilitation Center, 1960-1962; member of Governor's Industrial Development Committee of One Hundred, 1963; delegate, State Republican conventions, 1964, 1966, 1968, and 1970; delegate, Republican National Convention, 1968; elected as a Republican to the Eighty-ninth and to the thirteen succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1965-January 3, 1993); was not a candidate for renomination in 1992 to the One Hundred Third Congress; died on March 31, 2008, in Montgomery, Ala.

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

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External Research Collections

Auburn University at Montgomery Library
Archives & Special Collections

Montgomery, AL
Papers: ca. 1964-1993, amount unknown. The William Dickinson Collection consists of records from 1964 until his retirement in 1993. The materials are in the form of: memos, correspondence between William Dickinson and other legislators both inside and outside of Alabama; correspondence between William Dickinson and his constituents reflecting their opinions on social, political, and economic issues; background information and copies of legislative acts he sponsored; constituent case files; photographs; video recordings of speeches; press releases from his local and national offices; opinion surveys, and news clippings. Please note that not all of Congressman Dickinson's papers are available for research. A finding aid is available in the repository and online.

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 William L. (Bill) Dickinson. A container list is available in the repository.
Papers: In the Alabama Governor Public Relations Files, 1954-1970, 15 cubic feet. Correspondents include William L. (Bill) Dickinson. A container list is available in the repository.
Papers: In the Alabama Legislature Commission to Preserve the Peace Records, 1962-1975, 6 cubic feet. Correspondents include William L. (Bill) Dickinson. The records are also available on microfilm. A container list is available in the repository.
Papers: In the "Shorty" Price Papers, 1921-1980, ca. 1970-1979, 1 cubic foot.

Auburn University

Auburn, AL
Papers: In the Alabama Farm Bureau Federation Records, 1922-1980, approximately 47 cubic feet. Correspondents include William L. Dickinson. A finding aid is available in the repository.

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

Norman, OK
Videocassettes: 1984-1990, 6 commercials on 3 videocassettes. The commercials were used during William L. Dickinson's campaigns for the 1984 and 1990 U.S. congressional elections in District 2 of Alabama, Republican Party.
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Bibliography / Further Reading

Aspin, Les, and William Dickinson. Defense for a New Era: Lessons of the Persian Gulf War. Washington, D.C.: Brassey's, 1992.

Dickinson, William Louis. "Food Stamps: Good Intentions Distorted...or Hidden Intentions Fulfilled?" In The Case Against the Reckless Congress, edited by Marjorie Holt, 117-28. Ottawa, Ill.: Green Hill Publishers, 1976.

___. "Manipulating Federal Elections--And Calling it Reform." In Can You Afford This House?, edited by David Treen, 25-31. Ottawa, Ill.: Green Hill Books, 1978.

Ralph Nader Congress Project. Citizens Look at Congress: William L. Dickinson, Republican Representative from Alabama. Washington, D. C.: Grossman Publishers, 1972.

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