From the time he entered Congress in 1914, Carl Vinson was an advocate for a strong United States Navy. Known as the “father of the two ocean navy,” Vinson spent most of his political career convincing his fellow congressman on the importance of military in the twentieth century. Recognizing the growing threat in Europe, Vinson was integral in obtaining new budget expenditures for the United States Navy. He served as chairman of the House Naval Affairs Committee and the House Armed Services Committee for a total of thirty years. President Franklin D. Roosevelt was receptive to Vinson’s message and agreed with his views on an increased American military. Following World War II, Vinson continued to be a voice for the United States Armed Forces throughout the Cold War as well.
Carl Vinson was born in Baldwin County on November 18, 1883. Perhaps his education background contributed to his belief in a strong naval presence. He attended Middle Georgia Military and Agricultural College in Milledgeville. In 1914, he was sworn into Congress as its youngest member and he quickly gained a seat on the Naval Affairs Committee. A staple of Vinson’s career was his consistent policy for a strong national defense. The Vinson-Trammel Act brought the Navy to full strength in 1922. He pushed numerous bills through Congress in the years leading up to and during the war. Vinson was known to most as a quiet man who did his duty and vastly increased the size of the United States Navy. He continued his policies throughout the Cold War and is a vital part of the history of the Piedmont in Georgia.
- “Carl Vinson (1883-1981).” The New Georgia Encyclopedia. 2002.