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Remarks by Representative King

Of Utah

Mr. KING. Mr. Speaker, on the sad day of November 4, 1959, after a lingering but valiant struggle, there passed from our midst our distinguished colleague, the Honorable STEVEN V. CARTER, who, for 1 year, had so ably represented the Fourth District of Iowa in the Congress of the United States.

I rise on this occasion to pay tribute to STEVE, only in a small measure because of the fact he was born in my district, the Second Utah Congressional District, but principally because I loved him. He was a great and a noble man.

Congressman CARTER was a man of quiet but indomitable courage. The circumstances of his passing, with which we are all familiar, evoked the spontaneous admiration and respect of every Member of this body.

STEVE was passionately devoted to the democratic processes. In his way of thinking, every citizen had equal responsibility to give expression to his opinions and to invigorate his Government by aggressive participation in its processes on the local level. Whatever was worth believing in was worth fighting for.

In his mind the great champions of democracy were its honest citizens who, without expectation of office or reward, played their part year after year in familiarizing themselves with the vital national issues and in casting honest votes for honest government. His greatest heroes were those who bore arms for the preservation and the advancement of peace.

STEVE was gentle but fearlessly devoted to the accomplishment of his chosen objectives. Although his tenure in Congress was short, his influence was long and penetrating. He affected my own life for the good, and I will remember him affectionately as long as memory continues.

I express my condolences to his lovely wife, Lucy, and to his splendid sons, Steven A. and Chuck.

Remarks by Representative Hechler

Of West Virginia

Mr. HECHLER. Mr. Speaker, we are all going to miss STEVE CARTER. We are going to miss his courage. We are going to miss that gentle voice back of which was a determination and a conviction of steel.

Frequently I used to sit by STEVE CARTER in this Chamber and shared with him some of his hopes and aspirations for his State, his Nation, and for all humanity. I remember very clearly the maiden speech which STEVE CARTER gave in this Chamber. I was sitting next to the gentleman from Illinois [Mr. Yates] when Mr. Yates said, "Close your eyes a minute and listen." And we closed our eyes and we agreed that the voice of STEVE CARTER sounded very similar to Raymond Massey's famous lines in the play "Abe Lincoln in Illinois." This was not by chance, because there was much of Abraham Lincoln in STEVE CARTER's philosophy and personality.

Yes; we are going to miss STEVE CARTER, but his spirit will always remain with us.

Remarks by Representative Randall

Of Missouri

Mr. RANDALL. Mr. Speaker, in the memorial remarks I am about to make I shall be very brief, because I think that is the way STEVE CARTER would have wanted it. Coming here in March I was junior even to the short tenure of STEVE'S, and yet sitting here in this Chamber time and time again he was helpful. He pointed out some things that he thought I ought to know that had not been explained to me. It has been said here this morning that there is something unusual about any U.S. Representative who can represent 300,000 to 400,000 people. But there was something very unusual about STEVE CARTER. He had a quiet, mild manner, but underneath it all there was a philosophy of life that I enjoyed hearing him express.

I think you can tell something about a man by being at his last rites. There is an old adage that a prophet is not without honor except in his own country, but I saw there that Sunday afternoon at Leon, Iowa, genuine grief expressed, heartfelt grief. No church was large enough to house the assemblage and being the only Member of this body outside of the Iowa delegation there, I observed something that I shall never forget. Hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of people passed by that bier and hundreds more waited outside in that cold temperature, unable to get into the school building, which was filled to capacity.

Yes; this House will miss STEVE CARTER in this ensuing session. I am sure we all extend our sincere condolences to his fine wife, Lucy, to his right arm, Steve, Jr., and to the younger son.


Remarks by Representative Meyer

Of Vermont

Mr. MEYER. Mr. Speaker, when I came to Washington early in December of 1958 to make some preliminary arrangements, STEVE CARTER was the first new colleague I met. At that time he appeared to me to be in good spirits, in good health, and strong. As time went on, I made good friends with all of the new Members from Iowa. The thing that I remember most about STEVE CARTER was that he was a man who thought, thought deeply, and thought well. He expressed himself well. He stuck to very high principles. Not so many of us are able to shed much light on this world of ours, but I am certain that STEVE CARTER lit a candle and that the candle that he lit will continue to cast a light for some time to come.

I know that I shall miss him. I know we shall all miss him. I extend my sympathy to his family and to the people of his district.

Remarks by Representative Johnson

Of Colorado

Mr. JOHNSON. Mr. Speaker, I wish to join my tribute to the heartfelt tributes already paid here today to our beloved late colleague, STEVE CARTER. He was one of the first junior Members of the Congress that I met upon my arrival here last year. I know that early in the year he was making plans for the long pull; even after he knew that the risks were rising he continued to devote himself to the study of the problems facing the country, to the duties of this office and to the best of his strength and ability he was faithful in his performance of his duties of this office.

Late in the year he had high hopes that he had successfully surmounted the illness which beset him. Throughout the entire trying experience of last year STEVE CARTER showed that quiet courage, that patient devotion to duty, that hope for the future, that confidence in himself and in the Congress and in the Nation, and from his example all of us certainly can take renewed hope and renewed heart as we face our duties in the coming year, without STEVE. I wish to add my words of comfort to those who especially feel the loss of our beloved colleague.

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