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George M. Grant

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George M. Grant
George M. Grant.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Alabama's at-large district
In office
January 3, 1963 – January 3, 1965
Preceded byDistrict inactive
Succeeded byDistrict inactive
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Alabama's 2nd district
In office
June 14, 1938 – January 3, 1963
Preceded byJ. Lister Hill
Succeeded byDistrict inactive
Personal details
Born
George McInvale Grant

(1897-07-11)July 11, 1897
Louisville, Alabama
DiedNovember 4, 1982(1982-11-04) (aged 85)
Washington, D.C.
Political partyDemocratic

George McInvale Grant (July 11, 1897 – November 4, 1982) was a Democratic Representative from Alabama.

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Early life

Grant was born in Louisville, Alabama. He obtained a law degree from University of Alabama in 1922. He was admitted to the bar the same year and opened a law practice in Troy, Alabama, near Montgomery.

He was a private and aviation cadet in the aviation section of the Signal Corps of the United States Army in 1918 and 1919. He was county solicitor (district attorney) of Pike County, Alabama from 1927 to 1937.

Political career

When Representative Lister Hill was appointed to the US Senate in 1938, Grant won the Democratic nomination to succeed him in the special election. Then, Democratic nomination was tantamount to election in Alabama, and he took office on June 14. He won a full term that November and was reelected 11 more times from the Montgomery-based district. Having signed the 1956 Southern Manifesto that opposed the desegregation of public schools ordered by the Supreme Court in Brown v. Board of Education, in 1957 he voted against the Civil Rights Act of 1957.[1]

In 1964, Grant faced his first credible opponent in the Democratic primary when former Rear Admiral John G. Crommelin challenged him. Crommelin ran well to Grant's right, giving speeches full of racist and anti-Semitic rhetoric. Grant managed to fend him off, but in November, he faced a Republican for the first time ever in William Louis Dickinson. Grant lost by a shocking 25-point margin, which was all the more remarkable since most of the district's living residents had never been represented by a Republican. However, most of the 2nd's residents turned against the Democrats because of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, a major factor behind Barry Goldwater carrying the state that year. The 2nd District remained in Republican hands until 2008 and regained it in 2010.

Later life

Grant returned to his law practice in Troy, but later moved to Washington, D.C. and became a lobbyist. He lived in Washington until the time of his death on November 4, 1982, at sea, aboard the Queen Elizabeth II. He was interred at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia.

References

  • United States Congress. "George M. Grant (id: G000381)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
J. Lister Hill
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Alabama's 2nd congressional district

June 14, 1938 – January 3, 1963
Succeeded by
District inactive
Preceded by
District inactive
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Alabama's at-large congressional district

January 3, 1963 – January 3, 1965
Succeeded by
District inactive

 This article incorporates public domain material from the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress website http://bioguide.congress.gov.

This page was last edited on 15 May 2019, at 15:20
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