The lawyer was elected at the age of 25 in the House of Representatives of Georgia. After a short time he had been a judge, he was a candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives and was sworn in as the youngest congressman ever on November 3, 1914.
During his tenure, Vinson devoted primarily to the national defense. Above all, he sat down already during the global economic crisis for the renewal of the United States Navy; the main reason for this was originally to create jobs. At entry into the war of 1941, the United States also benefited greatly from Vinson's efforts. Even after the Second World War, his main focus of the modernization of the U.S. armed forces.
He is one of the signatories of the Southern Manifesto, which demanded that racial segregation in public facilities.
Vinson was elected 26 times in a row in the Congress, he, setting a record that was set in 1994 by Jamie Lloyd Whitten. 1964 President Lyndon B. Johnson awarded him with the "Presidential Medal of Freedom with Special Distincton " the highest award, which is awarded in the United States to civilians.
Vinson's name also carries an aircraft carrier, the USS Carl Vinson and the highest mountain in Antarctica, Mount Vinson.