Carl Albert - Former Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, Timeline and Childhood

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Carl Albert was an American Democratic Politician

InformationDetail
BirthdayMay 10, 1908
Died onFebruary 4, 2000
NationalityAmerican
FamousFormer Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, Lawyers & Judges, Political Leaders
Universities
  • University of Oklahoma
  • St Peter's College
  • Oxford
  • University of Oxford
Birth PlaceMcAlester
Political IdeologyPolitical party - Democratic
GenderMale
Sun SignTaurus
Born inMcAlester
Famous asFormer Speaker of the United States House of Representatives
Died at Age91

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Who is Carl Albert?

Carl Bert Albert was an American Democratic politician from a small western Oklahoma coal mining town. Undeterred by his humble beginnings, his greatest ambition was to be a politician. He made it clear that everything he did from an early age was calculated towards his political aspirations. During high school he was an excellent debater and student body president. He worked his way through college at The University of Oklahoma and graduated with a political science degree. Following graduation, he studied law at Oxford University in England on a Rhodes scholarship and graduated in the early 1930s. After practicing law in Oklahoma City for a few years, he served in the United States Army during World War II. Upon returning from war, he was elected to Congress. Albert went on to become Speaker of the House of Representatives for six years. This was the highest political office held by an Oklahoman in American history. He was active in Congress during several monumental times in United States history. His political career involved dealing with vastly important issues including the Vietnam War, the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, the chaotic protests at the 1968 Democratic National Convention, and the Watergate Scandal under President Richard Nixon

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Childhood & Early Life

Carl Albert was born on May 10, 1908 in the small town of McAlester, Oklahoma. His father was a poor coal miner and cotton farmer.

In 1927, he graduated from McAlester High School. He was gifted in debate and won the national oratorical contest. He was also student body president. In 1927, he entered the University of Oklahoma in Norman.

In 1928, he won the National Oratorical Championship and an all-expense paid trip to Europe. Through this, he was able to earn enough money to pay for the rest of his undergraduate education.

He was the top male student and graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 1931 with a political science degree.

He was awarded a Rhodes scholarship and studied law at Oxford University in England. He graduated from there in 1934.

Career

In 1935, he opened a private law practice in Oklahoma City and practiced until World War II.

He served in the United States Army from 1941-1946 in World War II. He left the army as a lieutenant colonel.

Albert was elected to Congress as a Democrat in the 1946 election to represent "Little Dixie," the tiny third district of southeastern Oklahoma.

He went on to be elected to the fourteen succeeding Congresses, from 1947-1977.

In 1955, he was appointed House Majority Whip and remained so from the Eighty-fourth through Eighty-seventh Congresses.

He was elected Speaker of the House of Representatives in 1971. He held this position from 1971 to his retirement.

In 1977, he retired and returned to McAlester, Oklahoma.

Major Works

In 1990, Albert published an autobiography entitled, 'Little Giant: The Life and Times of Speaker Carl Albert'.

Awards & Achievements

Albert received a Bronze Star for his service in the Army during World War II.

In 1957, he was inducted into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame.

Personal Life & Legacy

On August 20, 1942, he married Mary Thomas in Columbia, South Carolina during his time in the Army. The couple went on to have two children, Mary Frances and David.

In 1979, the Carl Albert Center was established at The University of Oklahoma in Norman for the purpose of studying Congress and also to research and study Albert's life and political career.

Carl Albert died on February 4, 2000, in McAlester, Oklahoma after years of frail health. He was 91 years old.

The Carl Albert Indian Health Facility is in Ada, Oklahoma and is part of the Public Health Service.

There is a Carl Albert Park in Durant, Oklahoma.

There is a monument to him in his hometown, McAlester, Oklahoma.

Midwest City has two schools named for him: Carl B. Albert Middle School and Carl B. Albert High School.

Carl Albert State College in Poteau bears his name.

There is a monument to him in the Eunomia Chambers of the St. Peter's College Law Library at The University of Oxford.

Trivia

At a height of only 5'4, Albert was popularly known as the 'Little Giant from Little Dixie'.

He was next in line for the presidency twice during his political tenure. In 1973, after Spiro Agnew's resignation for corruption, President Nixon offered the vice presidency to Albert, but Albert declined. He said, "No. I came to Washington to be a congressman."

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Carl Albert biography timelines

  • // 10th May 1908
    Carl Albert was born on May 10, 1908 in the small town of McAlester, Oklahoma. His father was a poor coal miner and cotton farmer.
  • // 1927
    In 1927, he graduated from McAlester High School. He was gifted in debate and won the national oratorical contest. He was also student body president. In 1927, he entered the University of Oklahoma in Norman.
  • // 1928
    In 1928, he won the National Oratorical Championship and an all-expense paid trip to Europe. Through this, he was able to earn enough money to pay for the rest of his undergraduate education.
  • // 1931
    He was the top male student and graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 1931 with a political science degree.
  • // 1934
    He was awarded a Rhodes scholarship and studied law at Oxford University in England. He graduated from there in 1934.
  • // 1935
    In 1935, he opened a private law practice in Oklahoma City and practiced until World War II.
  • // 1941 To 1946
    He served in the United States Army from 1941-1946 in World War II. He left the army as a lieutenant colonel.
  • // 20th Aug 1942
    On August 20, 1942, he married Mary Thomas in Columbia, South Carolina during his time in the Army. The couple went on to have two children, Mary Frances and David.
  • // 1946
    Albert was elected to Congress as a Democrat in the 1946 election to represent "Little Dixie," the tiny third district of southeastern Oklahoma.
  • // 1947 To 1977
    He went on to be elected to the fourteen succeeding Congresses, from 1947-1977.
  • // 1955
    In 1955, he was appointed House Majority Whip and remained so from the Eighty-fourth through Eighty-seventh Congresses.
  • // 1957
    In 1957, he was inducted into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame.
  • // 1971
    He was elected Speaker of the House of Representatives in 1971. He held this position from 1971 to his retirement.
  • // 1973
    He was next in line for the presidency twice during his political tenure. In 1973, after Spiro Agnew's resignation for corruption, President Nixon offered the vice presidency to Albert, but Albert declined. He said, "No. I came to Washington to be a congressman."
  • // 1977
    In 1977, he retired and returned to McAlester, Oklahoma.
  • // 1979
    In 1979, the Carl Albert Center was established at The University of Oklahoma in Norman for the purpose of studying Congress and also to research and study Albert's life and political career.
  • // 1990
    In 1990, Albert published an autobiography entitled, 'Little Giant: The Life and Times of Speaker Carl Albert'.
  • // 4th Feb 2000
    Carl Albert died on February 4, 2000, in McAlester, Oklahoma after years of frail health. He was 91 years old.

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Carl Albert's FAQ

  • What is Carl Albert birthday?

    Carl Albert was born at 1908-05-10

  • When was Carl Albert died?

    Carl Albert was died at 2000-02-04

  • Where was Carl Albert died?

    Carl Albert was died in McAlester

  • Which age was Carl Albert died?

    Carl Albert was died at age 91

  • Where is Carl Albert's birth place?

    Carl Albert was born in McAlester

  • What is Carl Albert nationalities?

    Carl Albert's nationalities is American

  • What was Carl Albert universities?

    Carl Albert studied at University of Oklahoma, St Peter's College, Oxford, University of Oxford

  • What is Carl Albert's political ideology?

    Carl Albert's political ideology is Political party - Democratic

  • What is Carl Albert's sun sign?

    Carl Albert is Taurus

  • How famous is Carl Albert?

    Carl Albert is famouse as Former Speaker of the United States House of Representatives