George W. Andrews

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George William Andrews
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Alabama's 3rd district
In office
March 14, 1944 – January 3, 1963
Preceded by Henry B. Steagall
Succeeded by District inactive
In office
January 3, 1965 – December 25, 1971
Preceded by District inactive
Succeeded by Elizabeth B. Andrews
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Alabama's At-large district
In office
January 3, 1963 – January 3, 1965
Preceded by George M. Grant
Succeeded by Kenneth A. Roberts
Personal details
Born (1906-12-12)December 12, 1906
Clayton, Alabama
Died December 25, 1971(1971-12-25) (aged 65)
Birmingham, Alabama
Political party Democratic Party
Spouse(s) Leslie Elizabeth Bullock Andrews
Alma mater University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa
Occupation lawyer



George William Andrews (December 12, 1906 – December 25, 1971) was an American politician and a U.S. Representative from Alabama, and the husband of Elizabeth Bullock Andrews.

Congressman Andrews is well known for objecting to the Supreme Court decision banning school prayer by saying, "They put Negroes in the schools and now they've driven God out."


Andrews was born in Clayton, Alabama son of George William and Addie Bell (King) Andrews. He attended the public schools, and graduated from the University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa in 1928. He was admitted to the bar in 1928 and commenced practice in Union Springs, Alabama. On November 25, 1936, he married Leslie Elizabeth Bullock.


District attorney for the third judicial circuit of Alabama, he served from 1931 to 1943. During the Second World War, he served as a lieutenant (jg.) in the United States Naval Reserve from January 1943 until his election to Congress, at which time he was serving at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.[1]

Andrews was elected as a Democrat to the Seventy-eighth Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Henry B. Steagall. He was reelected to the fourteen succeeding Congresses and served from March 14, 1944, until his death. In 1957, he voted against H.R. 6127, Civil Rights Act of 1957. [2]

Death and legacy[edit]

Andrews died in Birmingham, Alabama on December 25, 1971 (age 65 years, 13 days). He is interred at Oak Hill Cemetery, Union Springs, Alabama.[3] The George W. Andrews Lake and George W. Andrews Federal Building are named for him.


  1. ^ "George W. Andrews". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved 19 May 2013. 
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  3. ^ "George W. Andrews". The Political Graveyard. Retrieved 19 May 2013. 

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