Carl Vinson served in the United States House of Representatives for 50 years — the longest continuous service in history — from 1914 to 1964, a tenure that extended during the terms of nine presidents from Woodrow Wilson to Lyndon Johnson. He was a fervent believer that peace can only be maintained if the country’s defenses are strong. Mr. Vinson was known as one of the nation’s most stalwart and influential supporters of a strong national defense. He was chairman of the House Naval Affairs Committee for 16 years and of the Armed Services Committee for 14 years. In matters of national defense his influence came to be regarded as second only to that of the President.
From 1951 until his retirement the congressional district he represented included Macon and
Bibb County, and he was instrumental in the location within the middle Georgia area of many projects of great benefit to Macon. He was primarily responsible for the construction of Robins Air Force Base in Warner Robins and played a leading role in assuring that I-75 and I-16 passed through Macon. Mr. Vinson was a leader in founding the Mercer Medical School, and his efforts were vital to the construction of Lake Tobesofkee, the construction of Cochran Field (now Macon’s Municipal Airport), the new Federal Building on College Street in Macon, and the Naval Ordinance Plant, the reactivation of Camp Wheeler near Macon during World War II, and the naming of a dirigible and naval vessel for the city of Macon, all came about pr
Date created: August 1987
Dimensions: 14ft high, 20ft wide, 44,000 pounds
285 Spring St., Macon, GA, 31201