Carl T. Durham

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Carl T. Durham
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from North Carolina's 6th district
In office
January 3, 1939 – January 3, 1961
Preceded byWilliam B. Umstead
Succeeded byHorace R. Kornegay
Personal details
Carl Thomas Durham

(1892-08-28)August 28, 1892
White Cross, North Carolina
DiedApril 29, 1974(1974-04-29) (aged 81)
Durham, North Carolina
Political partyDemocratic
Alma materUniversity of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Carl Thomas Durham (August 28, 1892 – April 29, 1974) was a U.S. Representative from North Carolina.

Born in Bingham Township, Orange County, at White Cross, North Carolina, Durham attended the public schools of Orange County, Mandale Private School, Saxapahaw, North Carolina, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He was a pharmacist at Chapel Hill 1912-1938. He served as a pharmacist's mate in the United States Navy from 1917 to 1918. He served as a member of the city council of Chapel Hill, North Carolina from 1924 to 1932, and of the Orange County Board of Commissioners 1932-1938. He served as a member of the school board of Chapel Hill, North Carolina from 1924 to 1938. Trustee of the University of North Carolina.

Durham was elected as a Democrat to the Seventy-sixth and to the ten succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1939 – January 3, 1961). He served as chairman of the Joint Committee on Atomic Energy (Eighty-second and Eighty-fifth Congresses), during which time he was a signatory to the 1956 Southern Manifesto that opposed the desegregation of public schools ordered by the Supreme Court in Brown v. Board of Education. He was not a candidate for renomination in 1960 to the Eighty-seventh Congress. In 1964 retired and resided in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. He died in Durham, North Carolina, April 29, 1974. He was interred in Antioch Baptist Church Cemetery, Chapel Hill, North Carolina.


  • United States Congress. "Carl T. Durham (id: D000571)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
William B. Umstead
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from North Carolina's 6th congressional district

Succeeded by
Horace R. Kornegay