James Allen (U.S. Senator)
|James Browning Allen|
|United States Senator
January 3, 1969 – June 1, 1978
|Preceded by||J. Lister Hill|
|Succeeded by||Maryon Pittman Allen|
|17th Lieutenant Governor of Alabama|
January 15, 1951 – January 17, 1955
|Preceded by||James C. Inzer|
|Succeeded by||William G. Hardwick|
|20th Lieutenant Governor of Alabama|
January 14, 1963 – January 16, 1967
|Preceded by||Albert B. Boutwell|
|Succeeded by||Albert Brewer|
December 28, 1912|
Gadsden, Etowah County
|Died||June 1, 1978
Gulf Shores, Alabama
|Resting place||Forrest Cemetery in Gadsden, Alabama|
|Spouse(s)||(1) Marjorie Stephens (her death)
|Alma mater||University of Alabama
|Religion||Church of Christ|
|Service/branch||United States Navy|
|Years of service||1943–1946|
The Gadsden native attended the University of Alabama and the University of Alabama School of Law, both located in Tuscaloosa. At the University of Alabama he was a member of Alpha Sigma Phi. He practiced law in Gadsden from 1935 to 1968 and was a member of the Alabama House of Representatives from 1938 to 1942. He resigned from the state legislature to enter active duty in the United States Naval Reserve from 1943 to 1946. He again ran for office after World War II and was a member of the Alabama Senate from 1946 to 1950. He was the 17th and 20th Lieutenant Governor of Alabama from 1951 to 1955 and again from 1963 to 1967.
In 1968, Allen was elected to succeed the retiring Democratic U.S. Senator J. Lister Hill of Montgomery. Allen won 638,774 (76 percent) to 201,227 (24 percent) for his Republican opponent, Perry O. Hooper, Sr.
Like his Republican Senate colleague, Jesse Helms of North Carolina, Allen was a master of parliamentary procedure. He was considered to have revived the filibuster rule during his nearly nine years as a senator. Allen was known as one of the most conservative Democrats in the chamber, more conservative even than many Republicans at that time. He was an active opponent of the Panama Canal Treaty of 1978. Allen received one vote for the Republican vice-presidential nomination at the 1976 Republican National Convention.
Allen served in the Senate until his death of a heart attack on June 1, 1978, at the resort community of Gulf Shores, Alabama. He is interred at Forrest Cemetery in Gadsden. Governor George C. Wallace, under whom Allen served previously as lieutenant governor, appointed Allen's widow, Maryon Pittman Allen, to succeed him in the Senate. However, Mrs. Allen lost the special Democratic primary to fill the remaining two years of her husband's term to Donald W. Stewart of Anniston. Stewart then defeated James D. Martin of Gadsden, who became the nominee after a primary had already been held between George W. Nichols and Elvin McCary, also of Anniston, and a longtime friend of Senator Allen's. For the change in nominees to occur, Nichols, who defeated McCary in the special Republican primary, had to agree to step down from the race.
- James Allen, Lieutenant Governors of Alabama
- Billy Hathorn, "A Dozen Years in the Political Wilderness: The Alabama Republican Party, 1966–1978", Gulf Coast Historical Review, Vol. 9, No. 2 (Spring 1994), p. 30
- "Allen's Widow is Named to Senate", New York Times, June 9, 1978
- "US Vice President – R Convention". Our Campaigns. Retrieved October 23, 2011.
- UPI (August 20, 1976). "...Alabama Delegation". Florence Times – Tri Cities Daily. p. 2. Retrieved October 23, 2011.
- "A Dozen Years in the Political Wilderness", pp. 36-37
James C. Inzer
|Lieutenant Governor of Alabama
William G. Hardwick
|Lieutenant Governor of Alabama
|United States Senate|
J. Lister Hill
|U.S. Senator (Class 3) from Alabama
Served alongside: John J. Sparkman
Maryon Pittman Allen