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Carl Bert Albert

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Albert, Carl Bert (1908– ), Oklahoma Democrat, Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives (1971–77). Albert graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 1931, after which he studied at Oxford University in England on a Rhodes scholarship, earning 2 law degrees. After practicing law for 6 years, he served in the U.S. Army (1941–46). A member of the U.S. House of Representatives (1947–77), Albert served as majority whip (1955–62). He was platform chair of the 1964 Democratic National Convention and chair of the 1968 Democratic National Convention. In the mid-1960s Albert supported President Lyndon Johnson's civil rights proposals despite opposition from his district.

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