Fats Everett

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Robert Ashton "Fats" Everett
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Tennessee's 8th district
In office
February 1, 1958 – January 26, 1969
Preceded byJere Cooper
Succeeded byEd Jones
Personal details
BornFebruary 24, 1915 (1915-02-24)
Obion County, Tennessee, U.S.
DiedJanuary 26, 1969 (1969-01-27) (aged 53)
Nashville, Tennessee, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Alma materMurray State University
Military service
AllegianceUnited States United States
Branch/serviceUnited States Army
Years of service1942–1945
Battles/warsWorld War II

Robert Ashton "Fats" Everett (February 24, 1915 – January 26, 1969) was an American Democratic Congressman from Tennessee from February 1, 1958 until his death in 1969.


Everett was a native of Obion County, Tennessee, being born on a farm near Union City. He was a 1936 graduate of Murray State College (now Murray State University).


Elected to the Obion County Court (now called County Commission) in 1936, Everett was then elected, in 1938 as Obion County Circuit Court Clerk. During World War II, he served in the United States Army from 1942 to 1945. After the war he was an administrative assistant to Senator Tom Stewart from 1945 to 1949, and to Governor Gordon Browning from 1950 to 1952. Afterwards, he became executive secretary of the Tennessee County Services Association.[1]

In 1958, Everett entered the contest for the Eighth Congressional District seat of Jere Cooper, who had died in office. He won the special election and served the balance of Cooper's term and five subsequent terms, serving from February 1, 1958 until his death in the first month of his seventh term.[2] Like the voters of his district, he was predominantly a conservative, largely reflecting the views of his party's Southern wing.


Everett died of pneumonia and flu complications at Veterans Hospital in Nashville, Tennessee on January 26, 1969.[3] He is interred at East View Cemetery in Union City.[4] There is a statue of him at the Obion County Courthouse in Union City, Tennessee.[5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Fats Everett". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved 15 May 2013.
  2. ^ "Fats Everett". Govtrack US Congress. Retrieved 15 May 2013.
  3. ^ Rep. Everett Dies after Flu Attack; Kingsport Times; Kingsport, Tennessee; Page 1; January 27, 1969
  4. ^ "Fats Everett". The Political Graveyard. Retrieved 15 May 2013.
  5. ^ "Fats Everett". flickr.com. Retrieved 15 May 2013.

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Tennessee's 8th congressional district

Succeeded by