Born in Hemingway, South Carolina, Tallon graduated from Dillon High School (Dillon, South Carolina) in 1964 and then attended University of South Carolina. He received his JD from American University in 1994. Tallon was the owner of a chain of retail clothing stores in the Carolinas and Georgia and real estate broker and developer before entering politics. He was a delegate of the White House Conference on Small Business in 1980.
Tallon was a member of the South Carolina House of Representatives from 1980 to 1982, and was elected as a Democrat to the 98th United States Congress and to the four succeeding Congresses, serving from January 3, 1983 to January 3, 1993. He was a member of the Agricultural Committee, the Merchant Marine & Fisheries Committee and was Chairman of the Tourism Caucus. Tallon was not a candidate for renomination to the 103rd United States Congress in 1992. Currently, Tallon is a principal in the government affairs and public relations firm, Jenkins Hill Consulting, in Washington, DC and serves on the Board of Trustees of The Medical University of South Carolina. He is a resident of Florence, South Carolina and Washington, DC.
- Biography at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress
- Voting record at The Washington Post
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John Light Napier
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from South Carolina's 6th congressional district