GAMBRELL, David Henry (1929-)

GAMBRELL, DAVID HENRY, a Senator from Georgia; born in Atlanta, Fulton County, Ga., December 20, 1929; attended public schools of Atlanta and Fulton County; graduated Davidson College (N.C.) in 1949 and Harvard Law School in 1952; United States Army Reserve, First Lieutenant, 1949-1957; admitted to the Georgia bar in 1951 and commenced practice in Atlanta; founded law firm now known as Gambrell & Stolz 1963; director, National Legal Aid and Defenders Association 1965-1971; president, Atlanta Bar Association 1965-1966; president, State bar of Georgia 1967-1968; chairman, state Democratic Party of Georgia 1970-1971; appointed on February 1, 1971, as a Democrat to the United States Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Richard B. Russell, and served from February 1, 1971, to November 7, 1972; unsuccessful candidate for the Democratic nomination in 1972 to complete the term and for the full six-year term; resumed the practice of law; recipient of State Bar of Georgia's Distinguished Service Award 2002; recipient of the Atlanta Bar Association's Leadership Award 2007; continues to practice law and is a resident of Atlanta, Ga.

Many papers in personal possession.



Georgia Department of Archives and History

Atlanta, GA
Papers: Gubernatorial papers.

Georgia Historical Society
Savannah, GA
Papers: 1 letter.

Georgia State University
Southern Labor Archives
Atlanta, GA
Papers: Correspondence in AFL-CIO Atlanta Labor Council records, 1964-1975. Finding aid.

West Georgia College
Ingram Library
Carrollton, GA
Oral History: 1992. 4 one-hour video tapes. Cover his political career with emphasis on his relation to President Carter and years in Senate. Permission required until 2002.

  • Mellichamp, Josephine. "David H. Gambrell.'' In Senators from Georgia, pp. 285-89. Huntsville, AL: Strode Publishers, 1976.