Stanford University The Martin Luther King, Jr., Research and Education Institute
Cartha D. DeLoach, former F.B.I. liaison to the White House, dead at 92
March 18, 2013

Born in Claxton, Georgia in 1920, Cartha D. DeLoach's career in the Federal Bureau of Investigation spanned more than 25 years. While with the F.B.I., DeLoach held numerous top positions, including head of F.B.I. investigations and deputy associate director, a position which made him third-in-command in the bureau.

During Lyndon Johnson's tenure as Senate majority leader he worked with DeLoach to cement a salary-for-life for F.B.I. director J. Edgar Hoover. Following the assassination of John F. Kennedy, President Johnson requested that DeLoach serve as intermediary between the White House and Hoover.

DeLoach spearheaded numerous high-profile F.B.I. investigations during the civil rights period. In 1964, he was principle spokesperson during the investigation of the murder of three CORE volunteers, Mickey Schwerner, James Chaney, and Andrew Goodman, in Mississippi and lead the investigation of the Ku Klux Klan in the years that followed. He also assisted the F.B.I.'s continued surveillance of the anti-war and civil rights movements, and was aware of the wiretap surveillance of Martin Luther King, Jr. In 1968, he supervised the investigation of King's assassination.

DeLoach retired with ambivalence towards the F.B.I. and cited Hoover's unwillingness to relinquish the directorship as the reason for his departure. Following his career in the F.B.I., DeLoach served as a vice president for PepsiCo, Inc. for 15 years.

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To read more about the F.B.I.'s involvement in the Civil Rights Movement, visit the King Encyclopedia here.

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