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Robert Ashton "Fats" Everett
Member of the United States House of Representatives
In office
February 1, 1958 – January 26, 1969
Preceded by Jere Cooper
Succeeded by Ed Jones
Personal details
Born February 24, 1915 (1915-02-24)
Union City
Died January 26, 1969 (1969-01-27) (aged 53)
Citizenship United States
Political party Democratic
Alma mater Murray State University
Profession Attorney
Religion Presbyterian
Military service
Allegiance United States United States of America
Service/branch United States Army
Battles/wars World 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 Nashville, Tennessee 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 Thomas 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 in Nashville, Tennessee on January 26, 1969 (age 53 years, 337 days). He is interred at East View Cemetery in Union City.[3] There is a statue of him at the Obion County Court House in Union City, Tennessee.[4]


  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. "Fats Everett". The Political Graveyard. Retrieved 15 May 2013. 
  4. "Fats Everett". Retrieved 15 May 2013. 

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

Succeeded by
Ed Jones

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