Albert, Carl Bert

Albert, Carl Bert,

1908–2000, U.S. Congressman (1947–76), b. McAlester, Okla. Admitted to the bar in 1935, Albert enlisted (1941) in the army as a private, served (1942–46) in the Pacific during World War II, and rose to the rank of lieutenant colonel. Elected (1946) as a Democrat to the House of Representatives from a rural Oklahoma district, he rose to the positions of majority whip (1955–62), majority leader (1962–71), and Speaker of the House (1971–76). A loyal member of the farm bloc, Albert was also a reliable supporter of the liberal social and economic policies of the Democratic party.