Carlton R. Sickles

Carlton Ralph Sickles (June 15, 1921 – January 17, 2004) was an American lawyer and a Congressman from Maryland's at-large congressional seat.[1]

Carlton Sickles
Carlton R. Sickles.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Maryland's at-large congressional district
In office
January 3, 1963 – January 3, 1967
Personal details
Carlton Ralph Sickles

(1921-06-15)June 15, 1921
Hamden, Connecticut, U.S.
DiedJanuary 17, 2004(2004-01-17) (aged 82)
Bethesda, Maryland, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic

Sickles was born in Hamden, Connecticut. After graduating from Georgetown in 1943, Sickles entered the U.S. Army and served until the end of World War II. He returned home to study law and was admitted to the bar in 1948. In addition to practicing law, Sickles taught at the Georgetown University Law School (1960–1966), and served in the Maryland House of Delegates (1955–1962). He was instrumental in the creation of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority.[2]

In 1962 Sickles ran for the U.S. Congress as a Democrat and won. He served two terms in the House from 1963 to 1967. Sickles voted in favor of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965.[3][4] In 1966 he ran for Governor of Maryland, but lost. In 1967 he was a delegate to Maryland's Constitutional Convention. He made an unsuccessful bid to return to Congress in 1986. Sickles died from heart problems in 2004 at his home in Bethesda and is buried in the George Washington Cemetery at Adelphi, Maryland. The Carlton R. Sickles Memorial Sky Bridge is named after him.[5]

External linksEdit

  • "Carlton R. Sickles". Find a Grave. Retrieved 2008-01-15.
  • Carlton Ralph Sickles papers at the University of Maryland libraries


  1. ^ "Sickles, Carlton Ralph (1921-2004)". United States House of Representatives History. Retrieved 27 February 2019.
  2. ^ Barnes, Bart (January 18, 2004). "Carlton R. Sickles Dies". The Washington Post.
  3. ^ "H.R. 7152. PASSAGE".
  4. ^ "TO PASS H.R. 6400, THE 1965 VOTING RIGHTS ACT".
  5. ^ Williams, Chris (November 30, 2004). "Bridge dedication honors Sickles". The Gazette. Archived from the original on February 28, 2019. Retrieved February 27, 2019.

U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
At-large district created
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Maryland's at-large congressional seat

January 3, 1963 – January 3, 1967
Succeeded by
At-large district eliminated