Historian; university professor. Born– Feb. 25, 1908 in Mobile. Parents– Charles F. and Sallie Rebecca Grayson Summersell. Married– Frances Sharpley. Education– University of Alabama, A.B., A.M.; Vanderbilt University, Ph.D. Served in the US Navy, WWII and Korea; attained rank of Commander. Taught at University of Alabama, 1935-1978; chairman History Department, 1954-1971; served on Alabama State Records Commission and Alabama Historical Commission. Member of Naval History Foundation, Southern History Association, Organization of American Historians, and American Association for State and Local History.  The Charles G. Summersell Chair in Southern HIstory at the unIversity was named in his honor.  Died October 9, 1987.


Directory of American Scholars, 1982.


Alabama, a State History. Tuscaloosa, Ala.; Paul R. Malone, 1955.

Alabama History for Schools. Birmingham, Ala.; Colonial Press, 1961.

CSS Alabama; Builder, Captain, and Plans. Tuscaloosa, Ala.; University of Alabama Press, 1985.


Alabama Past and Future. Chicago; Science Research Associates, 1941.


The Journal of George Townley Fullam, Boarding Officer of the Confederate Sea Raider Alabama. University, Ala.; University of Alabama Press for the Friends of the Mobile Public Library, 1973.


The William Stanley Hoole Special Collections Library at the University of Alabama holds an extensive collection of papers and photographs of Charles Grayson Summersell.