|Title:||Reflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection, ROGP 021 David Gambrell|
|Creator||Gambrell, David Henry, 1929-|
|Dates||2008 November 24|
|Repository||Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies|
|Abstract||David Gambrell worked as campaign treasurer during Jimmy Carter's campaign for governor, and was appointed to the U.S. Senate by Governor Carter after the death of Richard Russell. In this interview Gambrell discusses the highlights of his service in the Senate, such as his vote against a resolution to withdraw troops from Vietnam and his support for the Lockheed bailout when he served on the Banking Committee. Other topics include family life, campaign finance, shifts in party politics, the career of Griffin Bell, and the Watergate scandal.|
Reflections on Georgia Politics began in the fall of 2006 at Young Harris College, as a lecture and discussion program hosted by Georgia political veteran Bob Short. In late 2007, the Richard B. Russell Library began producing the program as an oral history video series to further illuminate and personalize the tectonic shifts that occurred in Georgia politics in the late twentieth century.
Reflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection, ROGP 021, Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies, University of Georgia Libraries, Athens, Georgia, 30602-1641.
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David Henry Gambrell was born in Atlanta, Georgia, on December 20, 1929. He graduated from Davidson College in North Carolina in 1949, and Harvard Law School in 1952. Gambrell served in the reserves of the U.S. Army. Gambrell began his political career as an "advance man" for Herman Talmadge's 1950 campaign. During college summer breaks, Gambrell would promote Talmadge speeches and appearances in Georgia, tacking up posters and announcements. He returned to Atlanta as an associate and partner in the law firm, King and Spalding. In 1963, he founded his own law firm, Gambrell and Stolz, LLP. He served as president of the Atlanta Bar Association from 1965 to 1966, and as president of the State Bar of Georgia from 1967 to 1968. He continued his work with various political campaigns, helping Paul Webb, Adlai Stevenson, Ernest Vandiver, and Jimmy Carter. He worked most closely with Carter, serving as his campaign treasurer. He also served as chairman of the Georgia Democratic Party. In 1971, Gambrell became known as the "Instant Senator" when, after the death of Senator Richard B. Russell, he was appointed to the U.S. Senate seat by then Governor Carter. He served until 1972, when he was defeated in the Democratic primary by Sam Nunn. Gambrell entered the Georgia gubernatorial race in 1974, but was unsuccessful. He has since served on a variety of boards for corporations and universities.
Gambrell discusses his appointment to the Senate by Governor Jimmy Carter in 1971 and the highlights of his tenure there, such as his vote against a resolution to withdraw troops from Vietnam and his support for the Lockheed bailout when he served on the Banking Committee. He also addresses his work as campaign treasurer for Jimmy Carter during Carter’s run for governor. Other topics include family life, campaign finance, shifts in party politics, the career of Griffin Bell, and the Watergate scandal.