C-SPAN Archive - a superb resouce for so many purposes! - a programme about Carl Albert which can be accessed from here.
Born in 1908 - this short man from Oklahoma (he was 5 ft 4 ins tall - and had the nickname the "little Giant from Little Dixie") - was brought up in a log cabin - studied in the US - and gained a Rhodes Scholarship which brought him to Oxford University (just 37 miles from where I am writing this). He served in World War II and was elected to the House of Representatives in 1946 for the 3rd district of Oklahoma.
In 1955 he became Majority Whip - and succeeded John McCormack as Majority Leader in 1962. When McCormack left the House and relenquished the Speaker's Chair - it was Albert who again succeeded him.
Ronald M Peters has written a short essay abot Albert's tenure as Speaker - which is available here.
Back in 2009 I did a post about the Carl Albert Center.
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