Alabama Academy of Honor

Carl Elliot

The following biographical sketch was created at the time of induction in 1977.

Carl Elliott was a lawyer and former Member of Congress from the 7th District. He was a native Alabamian and was born at the Pleasant Ridge Community in Franklin County. Mr. Elliott received his education in the public schools in Franklin County and graduated from Vina High School in 1930. He worked his way through the University of Alabama receiving his B.A. degree in 1933 and his L.L.B. in 1936. While at the university he served as president of the student body for two years, 1935 and 1936.

During World War II, he enlisted in the U.S. Army Infantry as a private and received his honorable discharge as a First Lieutenant.

Mr. Elliott practiced law after graduation in Russellville and Jasper, Alabama. At the time of his election to the 81st Congress he was the senior member of the firm of Elliott and Petree, attorneys, Jasper, Alabama. He retired from the practice of law in order to give full time to the duties of his office. He served in the U.S. House of Representatives continuously from 1948 to 1964.

While a Congressional Representative he was a member of the House Committees on Rules, Education, Veterans Affairs, Labor, House Administration, chairman of the sub-committee on Special Education, and chairman of the Select Committee to Investigate Government Research Activities. He authored the National Defense Education Act of 1958, and the Rural Library Services Act. He also sponsored legislation for free insurance for servicemen, direct home loans for veterans living in rural areas, and automobiles for veterans who lost the use of arms, legs, or who had been made blind from their service. While in office, he supported legislation to train teachers for the mentally retarded, to curb juvenile delinquency, to finance Warrior-Tombigbee River improvements, to provide medical and housing assistance for the aged, to extend and expand Social Security, to provide for farmers loans, crop insurance, rural electrification, telephone service and small watershed, and for farm pond programs. Mr. Elliott was a former president of the Walker County Bar Association, a member of the American Legion, 40 and 8, AMVETS, and DAV. He was a former president of the Alabama Lions Club and also zone chairman and deputy district governor of Lions International; a member of Eastern Star, Masons, 100F, PTA, and Woodmen of the World. He served two terms as a member of the Alabama State Democratic Executive Committee, 1942-1950. He was a Methodist where he has served as a district lay leader and Sunday School teacher, and former chairman of the Board of Stewards of the First Methodist Church of Jasper. Mr. Elliott compiled the four- volume Annals of Northwest Alabama.

He was married to the former Jane Hamilton of Jasper and they had four children: Carl, Jr., Martha Owen, John Hamilton, and Lenora Jane. Carl Elliott died in January 1999.