VINSON, Carl

VINSON, Carl
Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives
About this object
1883–1981

Biography

VINSON, Carl, (grand–uncle of Samuel Augustus Nunn), a Representative from Georgia; born in Milledgeville, Baldwin County, Ga., November 18, 1883; attended the Georgia Military College at Milledgeville, and was graduated from Mercer University Law School, Macon, Ga., in 1902; was admitted to the bar in 1902 and commenced practice in Milledgeville; prosecuting attorney of Baldwin County, Ga., 1906-1909; member of the State house of representatives 1909-1912, serving as speaker pro tempore in 1911 and 1912; appointed judge of the county court of Baldwin County and served from October 3, 1912, to November 2, 1914, when he resigned, having been elected to Congress; elected as a Democrat to the Sixty-third Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Thomas W. Hardwick; reelected to the Sixty-fourth and to the twenty-four succeeding Congresses and served from November 3, 1914, to January 3, 1965); chairman, Committee on Naval Affairs (Seventy-second through Seventy-ninth Congresses), Committee on Armed Services (Eighty-first, Eighty-second and Eighty-fourth through Eighty-eighth Congresses); was not a candidate for renomination to the Eighty-ninth Congress; resided in Milledgeville, Ga., where he died June 1, 1981; interment in Memory Hill Cemetery.

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

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External Research Collections

Emory University
Special Collections Department, Robert W. Woodruff Library

Atlanta, GA
Microfilm: In the Fannie Lee Leverette Scrapbooks, 1900-1948, 4 scrapbooks on 1 microfilm reel. Correspondents include Carl Vinson.
Papers: In the John A. Sibley Correspondence, ca. 1912-1989, 146.25 linear feet. Correspondents include Carl Vinson.

Franklin D. Roosevelt Library and Museum

Hyde Park, NY
Papers: In President Franklin D. Roosevelt's Papers. Correspondence with Carl Vinson is in President Roosevelt's personal files, as well as in his vertical files.

Georgia College and State University
Special Collections, Ina Dillard Russell Library

Milledgeville, GA
Papers: In the U. Erwin Sibley Collection, 1919-1977, approximately 40 feet. The collections contains extensive correspondence concerning personal, business, congressional, and estate matters, photographs, memorabilia, and a file for the Sixth Congressional District of Georgia, of which Mr. Sibley was secretary. Restricted.

Georgia Department of Archives and History

Atlanta, GA
Papers: In File II Names. The file is primarily incoming correspondence to Carl Vinson, Governor of Georgia. A finding aid is available in the repository.

John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum

Boston, MA
Oral History: In the Stephen Ailes Interview, 1968, 20 pages. Persons represented include Carl Vinson.
Oral History: In the Carl B. Albert Interview, 1965, 37 pages. Persons represented include Carl Vinson.
Oral History: In the Andrew Biemiller Interview, 1979, 69 pages. Persons represented include Carl Vinson.
Oral History: In the Harold Brown Interview, 1964, 44 pages. Persons represented include Carl Vinson.
Oral History: In the J. William Fulbright Interview, 1964, 106 pages. Persons represented include Carl Vinson.
Papers: In the Lawrence F. O'Brien White House Congressional Liaison Office Files, 1961-1963, 16.5 cubic feet. Persons represented include Carl Vinson.
Papers: In the Howard C. Petersen Papers, 1961-1963, 28.22 cubic feet. Persons represented include Carl Vinson.
Papers: In the Special Correspondence, ca. 1954-1963, 2.9 linear feet. Persons represented include Carl Vinson.

Library of Congress
Manuscript Division

Washington, DC
Papers: In the Ernest King Papers. Correspondents include Carl Vinson.
Papers: In the John Archer Lejeune papers, ca. 1815-1950, 20 containers. Correspondents include Carl Vinson.

Lyndon B. Johnson Library

Austin, TX
Oral History: 1970, 13 pages. An interview conducted of Carl Vinson by Frank Deaver on May 24, 1970. A description of the interview is available in the library.

Princeton University Library
Mudd Manuscript Library

Princeton, NJ
Papers: In the James M. Beck Papers, ca. 1787-1936, 14.68 linear feet. Persons represented include Carl Vinson.
Papers: In the Ferdinand Eberstadt Papers, ca.1868-1970, 113.52 linear feet. Persons represented include Carl Vinson.
Papers: In the James V. Forrestal Papers, ca. 1907-1958, 85.1 linear feet. Persons represented include Carl Vinson.
Papers: In the David Lawrence Papers, ca. 1901-1975, 163 cubic feet. Persons represented include Carl Vinson.

University of Georgia Libraries
Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies

Athens, GA
Papers: In the Thomas Hardwick Papers, 1920s-1940s, 3.75 linear feet. Correspondents include Carl Vinson.

University of Michigan
Bentley Historical Library

Ann Arbor, MI
Papers: In the Arthur J. Lacy Papers, 1891-1975, 10 linear feet and 1 volume.. Correspondents include Carl Vinson.

University of Oklahoma Libraries
Western History Collections, Manuscript Division

Norman, OK
Papers: In the Southwestern Oklahoma Survival Association. Records, 1957-1959, 6 feet Persons represented include Carl Vinson.

University of Texas at Austin
The Center for American History

Austin, TX
Papers: In the Sam Rayburn Papers, ca. 1831-2007, approximately 119 feet. Persons represented include Carl Vinson.
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Bibliography / Further Reading

Cook, James F. Carl Vinson: Patriarch of the Armed Forces. Macon, Ga.: Mercer University Press, 2004.

Enders, Calvin W. "The Vinson Navy." Ph.D. diss., Michigan State University, 1970.

Reed, Ralph. "'Fighting the Devil with Fire': Carl Vinson's Victory over Tom Watson in the 1918 Tenth District Primary." Georgia Historical Quarterly 67 (Winter 1983): 451-79.

Ries, John C. "Congressman Vinson and the 'Deputy' to the JCS Chairman." Military Affairs 30 (Spring 1966): 16-24.

United States. 88th Congress, 2d session, 1964. House. Tributes in the House of Representatives to Carl Vinson, October 2, 1964, Eighty-eighth Congress, second session. [Washington, N.p., 1965].

Vinson, Carl. Carl Vinson: A Legacy of Public Service. Athens: Carl Vinson Institute of Government, University of Georgia, 2002.

Walter, John C. "Congressman Carl Vinson and Franklin D. Roosevelt: Naval Preparedness and the Coming of World War II, 1932-1940." Georgia Historical Quarterly 64 (Fall 1980): 294-305.

West, Michael Allen. "Laying the Legislative Foundation: The House Naval Affairs Committee and the Construction of the Treaty Navy, 1926-1934." Ph.D. diss., Ohio State University, 1980.

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