David Gambrell U.S. Senatorial Election of 1972 MaterialsDavid Gambrell U.S. Senatorial Election of 1972 Materials

David Gambrell U.S. Senatorial Election of 1972 Materials

Descriptive Summary

Title: David Gambrell U.S. Senatorial Election of 1972 Materials
Creator: Gambrell, David Henry, 1929-
Dates: 1971-1972
Extent: 1.0 box (.25 linear feet)
Collection Number: RBRL/053/DGSE
Repository: Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies
Abstract: The collection consists of press releases and printed materials concerning David Gambrell's 1972 campaign for United States Senator.

Collection Description

Biographical Note

David Henry Gambrell was born in Fulton County, Georgia on December 20, 1929 to Alice and E. Smythe Gambrell, a prominent Atlanta attorney and former president of the American Bar Association. He attended public schools in Atlanta and graduated from Davidson College in North Carolina in 1949 and Harvard Law School in 1952. Gambrell returned to Atlanta and joined his father’s law practice; two years later he switched to another firm.

Gambrell began his political career as an “advance man” for Herman Talmadge’s 1950 gubernatorial campaign, while on summer break from college Gambrell would promote Talmadge speeches and appearances in towns across Georgia, tacking up posters and announcements. Gambrell also worked for the campaigns of Richard B. Russell, Paul Webb, Adlai Stevenson, Ernest Vandiver, and Jimmy Carter. In Carter’s 1970 campaign for governor, Gambrell served as campaign treasurer. From 1965 to 1966, Gambrell was president of the Atlanta Bar Association, and from 1967 to 1968, he was president of the State Bar of Georgia.

Georgians dubbed Gambrell the Georgia’s “Instant Senator” when Governor Jimmy Carter appointed him on February 1, 1971 to replace Senator Richard Russell, who had just passed away. Gambrell threw himself into the appointment and spent long hours in his senate office in Washington. He initiated a series of “listening tours” during congressional recesses and traveled Georgia.

In 1972, Gambrell campaigned for the remainder of the unexpired term of the late Senator Russell (November 7, 1972-January 3, 1973) as well as another term in office ending January 3, 1979. He was opposed in the Democratic primary by 14 other candidates, among them State Representative Sam Nunn, former Georgia Governor Ernest Vandiver, and State Treasurer Bill Burson. Gambrell lost both elections in the primary to Nunn, who later won the general election against Republican opponent Fletcher Thompson and served in the U.S. Senate for 25 years.

Gambrell married Luck Coleman Flanders of Swainsboro, Georgia on October 16, 1953. They have four children – Luck Coleman, David Henry, Jr., Alice Kathleen Hagood, and Mary Latimer. Gambrell currently lives in Atlanta, Georgia where he practices law.

Scope and Content

The collection consists of three folders containing press releases and printed materials concerning David Gambrell's 1972 campaign for United States Senator.

Organization and Arrangement

Materials arranged by format and therein chronologically.


Administrative Information and Restrictions

Preferred Citation

David Gambrell U.S. Senatorial Election of 1972 Materials, Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies, University of Georgia Libraries, Athens, Georgia, 30602-1641.

User Restrictions

Library acts as "fair use" reproduction agent.

Copyright Information

Before material from collections at the Richard B. Russell Library may be quoted in print, or otherwise reproduced, in whole or in part, in any publication, permission must be obtained from (1) the owner of the physical property, and (2) the holder of the copyright. It is the particular responsibility of the researcher to obtain both sets of permissions. Persons wishing to quote from materials in the Russell Library collection should consult the Director. Reproduction of any item must contain a complete citation to the original.

Finding Aid Publication

Finding aid prepared by Russell staff, 2008.


Related Materials

Access Points

Gambrell, David Henry, 1929-
Georgia--Politics and government--1970-1980.
Political campaigns--1970-1980.
United States--Congress--Senate.
Vandiver, S. Ernest (Samuel Ernest), 1918-2005.

Related Collections in this Repository

David H. Gambrell U.S. Senatorial Papers

S. Ernest Vandiver, Jr. Papers

William (Bill) H. Burson Papers

Related Collections in Other Repositories

Atlanta, (GA.) Political Oral History (MSS 824), Manuscript, Archives and Rare Books Library, Emory University


Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

BoxFolder
11Press Releases
12Congressional Record excerpts
13Printed material [campaign memorabilia and newsletters]