David H. Gambrell

David Henry Gambrell ( born December 20, 1929 in Atlanta, Georgia ) is a former American politician of the Democratic Party. From 1971 to 1972 he sat for the U.S. state of Georgia in the U.S. Senate.


Gambrell was born in Atlanta, where he also grew up. In 1949 he graduated from Davidson College in Davidson on. The Juris Doctor, he received in 1952 from Harvard University. Subsequently, he served in the United States Army Reserve. After a short stint as a research assistant at Harvard University, he worked as a lawyer, works at the end as a partner at the law firm King & Spalding in Atlanta. In 1963 he founded with Gambrell & Stolz his own law firm. Since then, he became involved, among other things, with the Bar Association of Atlanta and the Bar Association of the State of Georgia.

From 1970 to 1971 Gambrell was chairman of the Democratic Party in Georgia. After the death of Richard B. Russell 1971, he was appointed by then Governor Jimmy Carter as his successor in the Senate. During his short tenure, he was a member of the United States Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, the United States Senate Committee on Aeronautical and Space Sciences and the United States Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship. When the internal party preselection for the Senate election held in 1972 the more liberal -ranked Gambrell was defeated by the more conservative Sam Nunn assessed, which is also the main choice could decide for themselves. Gambrell was a candidate in 1974 for the governorship of Georgia, landed after the Democratic primary, however, party internally ranked only fourth

After his brief foray into politics Gambrell was active among others in the Chamber of Commerce of Georgia. He now lives a secluded life in Atlanta.

Gambrell is married to Luck Flanders Gambrell and is the father of four children.