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
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