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POWELL, Adam Clayton, Jr., a Representative from New York; born in New Haven, Conn., November
29, 1908; attended the public schools of New York City; graduated from Colgate
University, Hamilton, N.Y., 1930; graduated from Columbia University, New York,
N.Y., 1932; graduated from Shaw University, Raleigh, N.C., 1934; ordained
minister; member of the New York, N.Y., city council, 1941; newspaper publisher
and editor; journalist; instructor, Columbia University Extension School,
1932-1940; cofounder of the National Negro Congress; member of the New York
state, Consumer Division, Office of Price Administration, 1942-1944; member of
the Manhattan Civilian Defense 1942-1945; elected as a Democrat to the
Seventy-ninth and to the eleven succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1945-February
28, 1967); excluded from membership in the Ninetieth Congress pursuant to
H.Res. 278, on February 28, 1967; chairman, Committee on Education and Labor
(Eighty-seventh through Eighty-ninth Congresses); elected as a Democrat to the
Ninetieth Congress, by special election, to fill the vacancy caused by his
exclusion but did not appear to be sworn in; reelected to the succeeding
Congress (April 11, 1967-January 3, 1971); unsuccessful candidate for
renomination to the Ninety-second Congress in 1970; died on April 4, 1972, in
Miami, Fla.; cremated and ashes scattered over South Bimini in the Bahamas.
BibliographyHamilton, Charles V.
Adam Clayton Powell, Jr.: The Political Biography of An American
Dilemma. New York: Atheneum, 1991; Powell, Adam Clayton, Jr.
Adam by Adam: The Autobiography of Adam Clayton Powell, Jr.:
With a Foreword by Adam Clayton Powell, III. Secaucus, NJ: Carol Publishing