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Congressional and Political Research Center

Providing information on federal, state, and local politics and politicians

The Charles Griffin Collection

Collection Overview

Charles Griffin was a native of Utica, MS, attended Hind Junior College and graduated from Mississippi State University. A World War II veteran, he entered public service in 1949 as a staff assistant to Mississippi Congressman John Bell Williams. Griffin remained on Williams’ staff until the latter left Congress in 1968 to become governor of Mississippi. Griffin ran for Williams’ Third District seat in a special election held in 1968 (the Third District then consisted of what is currently most of the Fourth District). Griffin won and was reelected to two succeeding terms (the 91st and the 92nd congresses.) He returned to Mississippi and entered the banking business. He also dabbled in real estate and public relations before returning to public service as secretary of the state senate. He died in 1989. Griffin’s service in the Congress was marked by his memberships on two House committees: Banking and Currency, and Merchant Marine and Fisheries.

The collection is composed of 80 cubic feet of mostly files and documents. Griffin's papers are arranged by series, based upon subject content. documents. The subject groupings include the following: Chronological General Correspondence; Correspondence-Specific Individual or Agency; Alphabetical Correspondence (Jackson office); Office Files (Washington) which include several sub-groups; District Office Files (Jackson); Newsletters, Press Releases, Radio Speeches, Congressional Statements; Personal Legislation; Mississippi and Mississippi Projects (contains several subgroups); Cross References (Green), refers to chronological correspondence; Cross References (Yellow), refers to Federal agencies and departments and has several subgroups; Committees, General; Banking and Currncy Committee; Merchant Marine and Fisheries Committee; Freedom Democratic Party; Miscellaneous. A weakness of the Collection is that it contains few photographs and memorabilia items, and no audio/visual material.

The Griffin Collection is open.