Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives
MATHIS, Marvin Dawson (1940-2017)

MATHIS, MARVIN DAWSON, a Representative from Georgia; born in Nashville, Berrien County, Ga., November 30, 1940; attended the Nashville public schools; attended South Georgia College in Douglas, Ga.; news director, WALB-TV, Albany, Ga., 1964-1970; elected as a Democrat to the Ninety-second and to the four succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1971-January 3, 1981); unsuccessful candidate for nomination to the United States Senate in 1980; private advocate; died on April 17, 2017, in Tifton, Ga.

University of Georgia
Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies
Athens, GA
Oral history: In the Reflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection, 2008, 1 interview.
Dawson Mathis talks about his early life, recalling working in his father's store as a child, working for Flowers Baking Company as a young adult, and how he became the news director at WALB-TV in Albany. He comments on events of the Civil Rights Movement that occurred in Albany. Mathis discusses memories of Maston O'Neal, Harry Wingate, Jr., Fred Hand, Jr., James Harrison Gray, Bunny Pritchett, Tom Ragsdale, Guy Maddox, Richard Russell, Phil Landrum, Ed Jenkins, Wilbur Mills, Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, Hamilton Jordan, and Zell Miller. Mathis discusses how being a news anchor became an asset when running for Congress, including how his position helped him befriend many sheriffs in the district. Mathis speaks about his experience campaigning, including advertising, funding, and logistics. Mathis also discusses his career after being elected to Congress, including his time on the Ways and Means Committee, the House Administration Committee, the Elections Subcommittee, and the Steering and Policy Committee. Mathis talks about issues that polarized the American people while he was in Congress, including the Vietnam War, Watergate, Nixon's resignation, the Abscam scandal, and the Iran hostage crisis. Mathis also talks about running for U.S. Senate in 1980 and party politics in Georgia.


University of Oklahoma
The Julian P. Kanter Political Commercial Archive, Department of Communication
Norman, OK
Videocassettes: 1980, 6 commercials on 1 videocassette.
The commercials were used during Dawson Mathis's campaign for the 1980 U.S. senatorial election in Georgia, Democratic Party.

  • Ralph Nader Congress Project. Citizens Look at Congress: Dawson Mathis, Democratic Representative from Georgia. Washington, D. C.: Grossman Publishers, 1972.