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MUP Remembers Carl Vinson

Carl Vinson was the youngest person to become a US Representative when he was sworn in as a Georgia representative on November 3, 1914, at the age of thirty. He would go on to push for major expansions and modernizations of the US Navy, some of which would greatly aid the US’s readiness for World War II.

So great was his support for the US Navy that a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, the USS Carl Vinson, was named after him. Then retired, the ninety-six-year-old Vinson attended the ship’s launch in 1980.

After serving fifty-one years in the US House—the first person to do so, Vinson retired to Georgia where he died on this day in 1981.

 

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