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Adam Clayton Powell

Adam Clayton Powell, American congressman, clergyman. Decorated Knight of Golden Cross, Ethiopia, 1954. Delaware Parliamentary World Government Conference, London, 1951-1952, International Labor Organization Conference, Geneva, 1961, 63, 64. Member World Association Parliamentarians on World Government (vice president).

Background

  • Powell, Adam Clayton was born on November 29, 1908 in New Haven, Connecticut, United States. Son of Adam Clayton and Mattie Fletcher (Schafer) Powell.

  • Education

    • AB, Colgate University, 1930. Master of Arts, Columbia University, 1932. Doctor of Divinity, Shaw University, 1935.

      Doctor of Laws, Virginia Union University, 1947.

    Career

    • ; married second, Hazel Scott, August 1945 (division). 1 son, Adam Clayton III. Married 3d, Yvette Diago.

      1 son, Adam Diago. Minister, Abyssinian Baptist Church, 1937-1960. Elected to City Council of New York, 1941. Founder People’s Voice, editor in chief, co-publisher, 1942.

      Elected to Congress November 1945. Member 79th-87th Congresses from New York 16th District. Member 88th-91st Congresses, New York 18th District, Chairman of Commission education and labor, until 1967.

      Delaware Parliamentary World Government Conference, London, 1951-1952, International Labor Organization Conference Geneva, Switzerland, 1961, 63, 64.

    Works

    • Author: Is This a White Man’s War? 1942. Stage Door Canteen, 1944. Marching Blacks, 1945, Adam Clayton Powell, 1960.

    Membership

    Member 79th-87th Congresses from New York 16th District. Member 88th-91st Congresses, New York 18th District, Chairman of Commission education and labor, until 1967. Delaware Parliamentary World Government Conference, London, 1951-1952, International Labor Organization Conference Geneva, Switzerland, 1961, 63, 64.

    Member World Association Parliamentarians on World Government (vice president).

    Connections

    • Married Isabel Geraldine Washington, March 8, 1933 (divorced 1943). Married Hazel Scott, August 1945 (divorced). 1 child, Adam Clayton III.

      Married Yvette Diago. 1 child, Adam Diago.
    • father: Adam Clayton Powell
    • mother: Mattie Fletcher (Schafer) Powell
    • spouses: Isabel Geraldine Washington
    • Hazel Scott
    • Yvette Diago
    • children: Adam Clayton III Powell
    • Adam Diago Powell
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    Born November 29, 1908
    Died April 4, 1972
    (aged 63)
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