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HJR472 193720-1 By Representative Morrow RFD: Rules First Read: 21-MAR-18 193720-1:n:03/21/2018:AR/ar LSA2018-1345 HONORING AND COMMENDING THE LATE CARL ATWOOD ELLIOTT. WHEREAS, it is with great pride and honor that we celebrate the life and legacy of the late Carl Atwood Elliott; and WHEREAS, Carl Atwood Elliott was a United States Congressman from the old 7th District of Alabama; he was elected to eight consecutive terms, having served from 1949 to 1965; and WHEREAS, born in rural Franklin County in the hills of northwest Alabama, he was a graduate of Vina High School; and WHEREAS, Mr. Elliott received his Bachelor's Degree and his Juris Doctorate from The University of Alabama; and WHEREAS, as an attorney in Jasper, Mr. Elliott spent most of his time representing coal miners and their families, foreshadowing his long political career of fighting for Alabama's poorest, most disadvantaged people; he proudly served his country in the United States Army from 1942 to 1944; and WHEREAS, in 1956, Carl Elliott authored the Library Services Act, which brought mobile libraries (Bookmobiles) and continuing library service to millions of rural Americans; in 1958, he co-authored the National Defense Education Act, which has enabled more then 30 million college students nationwide to obtain student loans; and WHEREAS, in addition to his law practice, Mr. Elliott wrote books about local history, producing columns and book reviews for area newspapers, and publishing books by local authors; his books include five volumes of Annals of Northwest Alabama, a history of Red Bay, Alabama, and seven volumes on the history of area coal miners; and WHEREAS, in 1990, Carl Elliott became the first recipient of the John F. Kennedy Profiles in Courage Award in recognition of his outstanding achievements; he was honored to travel to Boston, Massachusetts, to accept the award from United States Senator Edward M. Kennedy; his autobiography, The Cost of Courage: The Journey of An American Congressman, published in 1992, has been reprinted by The University of Alabama Press; and WHEREAS, Representative Johnny Mack Morrow reflects on the life Carl Elliott with the tribute, "My father, Grover Morrow, was a boyhood friend of Carl Elliott. When Carl was elected to Congress, I was 6 years old. Carl would often visit our home and talk politics with my father while he was a congressman. I would sit for long periods of time and listen to these discussions. The base of my political ideology today was definitely built and based upon these discussions between my father and Carl. Carl lived his life helping the underdog or assisting the 'least of these!'"; now therefore, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF ALABAMA, BOTH HOUSES THEREOF CONCURRING, That in tremendous gratitude, we commend and honor the life and legacy of Carl Atwood Elliott.