Carl Curtis

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Carl Curtis
CURTIS, Carl Thomas,.jpg
United States Senator
from Nebraska
In office
January 1, 1955 – January 3, 1979
Preceded by Hazel Abel
Succeeded by J. James Exon
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Nebraska's 1st district
In office
January 3, 1943 – December 31, 1954
Preceded by Oren S. Copeland
Succeeded by Phillip Hart Weaver
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Nebraska's 4th district
In office
January 3, 1939 – January 3, 1943
Preceded by Charles Gustav Binderup
Succeeded by Arthur L. Miller
Personal details
Born (1905-03-15)March 15, 1905
Minden, Nebraska
Died January 24, 2000(2000-01-24) (aged 94)
Lincoln, Nebraska
Political party Republican
Alma mater Nebraska Wesleyan University

Carl Thomas Curtis (March 15, 1905 – January 24, 2000) was an American politician from the U.S. state of Nebraska. He served as a Republican in the United States House of Representatives (1939–1954) and later the United States Senate (1955–1979).

Early life[edit]

Curtis was born on his family's farm in Kearney County, Nebraska, near the county seat of Minden. He attended public schools and later attended Nebraska Wesleyan University, where he was a member of Theta Chi.[1] He studied law on his own and passed the bar exam. He began practicing law in Kearney County and served as the county attorney from 1931 to 1934.

Career[edit]

Curtis was elected to the House of Representatives in 1938 on an anti-Franklin D. Roosevelt and New Deal platform. He served in the House from 1939 until 1954, being reelected every two years.[2] Curtis ran for the Senate from Nebraska in 1954 and won the election; he was reelected three more times to six-year terms, serving from 1955 to 1979. He voted for the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Curtis was loyal to the Republican Party, particularly supporting its anti-communist stances and fiscal conservatism, which included opposition to social programs such as the New Deal and Lyndon B. Johnson's Great Society.

A close ally of both Barry Goldwater and Richard Nixon, Curtis served as floor leader during the 1964 Republican National Convention, when Goldwater won the nomination.

Curtis supported Nixon's Vietnam War escalation policy and remained loyal to him even during the height of the Watergate scandals, when Nixon was forced to resign as President. Curtis served as chairman of the Senate Republican Conference from 1975 to 1979.

Later life[edit]

Following his retirement, Curtis moved to Lincoln, Nebraska, where he practiced law, served as an officer of the conservative lobby the American Freedom Coalition, and gave occasional interviews to the media.

Curtis died in Lincoln on January 24, 2000, and is interred at Minden Cemetery in Minden, his longtime hometown. Following his death, he was praised on the Senate floor in a speech delivered by Strom Thurmond, a contemporary of Curtis's who was also elected to the Senate in 1954.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "CURTIS, Carl Thomas, (1905 - 2000)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved October 6, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Carl Thomas Curtis (1905-2000)". The Political Graveyard. Retrieved October 6, 2012. 

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Charles Gustav Binderup
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Nebraska's 4th congressional district

January 3, 1939 – January 3, 1943
Succeeded by
Arthur L. Miller
Preceded by
Oren S. Copeland
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Nebraska's 1st congressional district

January 3, 1943 – December 31, 1954
Succeeded by
Phillip Hart Weaver
United States Senate
Preceded by
Hazel Abel
U.S. Senator (Class 2) from Nebraska
January 1, 1955 – January 3, 1979
Served alongside: Roman Hruska, Edward Zorinsky
Succeeded by
J. James Exon
Party political offices
Preceded by
Norris Cotton
Chairman of the Senate Republican Conference
1975–1979
Succeeded by
Bob Packwood