Senator Thomas C. Carrell became active
in politics as the campaign manager for assemblymen Julian Beck and Allen Miller.
Carrell served as an assemblyman from 1963-1967, and as a senator from 1967-1972. The
papers of Senator Carrell document his political, professional, and personal interests.
The bulk of the collection consists of legislative bills and subject files.
Senator Thomas C. Carrell was born on July 10, 1900, in Cooper, Texas. He was a teacher
in public schools from 1921 to 1926, and owner of the Carrell Chevrolet Agency in San
Fernando, California. He held a Bachelor's Degree from the University of California
at Los Angeles, and a Master's Degree in Education from the University of Southern
California. Very active in civic and community enterprises, Carrell was a member of the
American Legion, Elks and Moose Lodge, president of the San Fernando Kiwanis Club, and
president of the San Fernando Chamber of Commerce. In addition, he had held office in
the Valley Council of Boy Scouts, Red Cross, Community Chest (United Way), March of
Dimes, and other charitable organizations.
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