Carl T. Curtis
|Carl Thomas Curtis, Sr.|
January 1, 1955 – January 3, 1979
|Preceded by||Hazel Hempel Abel (second interim for Dwight Griswold)|
|Succeeded by||John James "Jim" Exon|
January 3, 1943 – December 31, 1954
|Preceded by||Oren S. Copeland|
|Succeeded by||Phillip Hart Weaver|
U. S. Representative for Nebraska's 4th congressional district, since disbanded
January 3, 1939 – January 3, 1943
|Preceded by||Charles Gustav Binderup|
|Succeeded by||Arthur L. Miller|
|Born|| March 15, 1905|
Minden, Kearney County, Nebraska
|Died|| January 24, 2000 (aged 94)|
|Resting place||Minden Cemetery|
|Spouse(s)|| (1) Lois I. Wylie-Atwater Curtis (1903-1970; married 1931-1970, her death)|
(2) Mildred Genier Baker Curtis (1913-2009; married 1972-2000, his death)
|Children|| Two adopted children from first marriage|
Clara Mae Curtis Hopkins (1936-1967)
|Alma mater|| Nebraska Wesleyan University|
Carl Thomas Curtis, Sr. (March 15, 1905 – January 24, 2000), was a Republican United States Senator for his native Nebraska, with service from 1955 to 1979. Earlier, from 1939 to 1954, he represented two different congressional districts in the United States House of Representatives. He remains the second-longest-serving senator from Nebraska.
Senator Carl Curtis' warning about socialism: "Socialism moves the country in a direction not good for anyone, whether they be young or old. It charts a course from which there will be no turning back."
Curtis was born on his family's farm in Kearney County near the county seat of Minden in south central Nebraska. He attended public schools and what became Nebraska Wesleyan University in the capital city of Lincoln. He studied law on his own, passed the bar examination, and began his law practice. From 1931 to 1934, he was the county attorney for Kearney County.
When elected to the U.S. House in 1938, he was an ardent opponent of President Franklin D. Roosevelt's New Deal programs. In 1954, he was elected to the Senate in a nationally Democratic year. Because the interim incumbent Senator, Hazel Hempel Abel (1888-1966), resigned, Curtis got a two-day jump on seniority. He was reelected to the Senate in 1960, 1966, and 1972. As with the New Deal, Curtis, a strongly fiscal conservative opposed most of President Lyndon B. Johnson's Great Society programs but was steadfast in support of the landmark Civil Rights Act of 1964.
After he retired from the Senate, Curtis wrote an autobiographical account, Forty Year against the Tide, which details his opposition to expanded government.
- Lois I. Atwater Curtis (1903-1970) - Find A Grave Memorial, accessed July 5, 2021}}
- Mildred Curtis Obituary (2009) - Lincoln, NE - Lincoln Journal Star (legacy.com), accessed July 5, 2021.
- CURTIS, Carl Thomas, (1905–2000). Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved on July 5, 2021.