Vinson, Carl

Vinson, Carl

(1883–1981) U.S. representative; born in Milledgeville, Ga. (grand-uncle of Samuel Augustus Nunn). A lawyer, prosecuting attorney, and judge, he served in the Georgia House of Representatives (1912–14) before moving on to the U.S. House of Representatives (Dem., 1914–65). As chairman of the Committee on Naval Affairs (1933–47) he prepared the Navy for World War II, and became chairman of the Armed Services Committee (1949–63). He retired to Milledgeville, Ga.
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