|Born||March 5, 1917|
Bainbridge, Georgia, U.S.
|Died||September 2, 1996 (aged 79)|
Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.
|Education||University of Georgia (LLB)|
Charles Hughes Kirbo (March 5, 1917 – September 2, 1996) was an American lawyer and longtime advisor to Jimmy Carter. He served as the Chairman of the Democratic Party in Georgia for two years from 1972-1974.
Early life and legal career
Kirbo was born on March 5, 1917, in Bainbridge, Georgia. He graduated from the University of Georgia School of Law in 1939 and later served in the United States Army in World War II. In 1960, Kirbo became a partner in the law firm of King & Spalding.
Kirbo first represented Jimmy Carter in 1962 when Carter lost the Democratic primary for a Georgia state senate seat. After Kirbo was able to establish that the primary results were fraudulent, Carter won the nomination and then the general election. In 1971, then-Governor Jimmy Carter offered to appoint Kirbo the United States Senate seat left vacant by the death of Richard Russell, but Kirbo declined. When Carter was elected President, Kirbo was considered as a possible White House Chief of Staff. Kirbo was also considered to be a candidate for the Supreme Court if a vacancy had occurred under a Carter Presidency.
- Lawrence Van Gelder, Charles H. Kirbo, 79, Is Dead; Was Carter's Closest Adviser, The New York Times (September 4, 1996).
- The Nation: The Charlie Behind Jimmy, Time Magazine (July 12, 1976).
- Dumbrell, John (1995). The Carter Presidency: A Re-Evaluation. Manchester University Press. p. 32. ISBN 978-0-7190-4693-3.
- Dumbrell, John (1995). The Carter Presidency: A Re-Evaluation. Manchester University Press. p. 77. ISBN 978-0-7190-4693-3.