Armistead I. Selden Jr.

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Armistead I. Selden Jr.
Armistead Selden.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Alabama's 5th district
In office
January 3, 1965 – January 3, 1969
Preceded byDistrict inactive
Succeeded byWalter Flowers
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Alabama's at-large district
In office
January 3, 1963 – January 3, 1965
Preceded byDistrict inactive
Succeeded byDistrict inactive
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Alabama's 6th district
In office
January 3, 1953 – January 3, 1963
Preceded byEdward deGraffenried
Succeeded byDistrict inactive
Member of the Alabama House of Representatives
In office
1951-1952
United States Ambassador to Fiji
In office
March 1, 1974 – April 17, 1978
PresidentRichard M. Nixon
Gerald Ford
Jimmy Carter
Preceded byKenneth Franzheim II
Succeeded byJohn P. Condon
United States Ambassador to New Zealand
In office
April 22, 1974 – April 23, 1979
PresidentGerald Ford
Jimmy Carter
Preceded byKenneth Franzheim II
Succeeded byAnne Clark Martindell
United States Ambassador to Samoa
In office
April 22, 1974 – April 23, 1979
PresidentGerald Ford
Jimmy Carter
Preceded byKenneth Franzheim II
Succeeded byAnne Clark Martindell
Personal details
Born
Armistead Inge Selden, Jr.

(1921-02-20)February 20, 1921
Greensboro, Alabama
DiedNovember 14, 1985(1985-11-14) (aged 64)
Birmingham, Alabama
Political partyDemocratic and later Republican
Armistead I. Selden (right) with Wernher von Braun, 1968.

Armistead Inge Selden Jr. (February 20, 1921 – November 14, 1985) was a U.S. Representative from Alabama.

Early life and military service[edit]

Born in Greensboro, Alabama, Selden attended the public schools. He graduated from Greensboro High School in 1938 and from the University of the South, Sewanee, Tennessee, in 1942. He served in the United States Navy from August 1942 until March 1946, with 31 months aboard ship, primarily in the North Atlantic, and was discharged as a lieutenant. He served as lieutenant commander in the United States Naval Reserve. He entered the University of Alabama School of Law and graduated in 1948.

He was admitted to the bar in 1948 and commenced practice in Greensboro, Alabama. He served as member of the Alabama House of Representatives in 1951 and 1952.

Congressional and diplomatic career[edit]

Selden was elected as a Democrat to the Eighty-third Congress. He was reelected to the seven succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1953 – January 3, 1969). He was not a candidate in 1968 for reelection to the United States House of Representatives but was an unsuccessful candidate for nomination to the United States Senate. He resumed the practice of law until October 1970. While in Congress he was a signatory to the 1956 Southern Manifesto that opposed the desegregation of public schools ordered by the Supreme Court in Brown v. Board of Education.

He served as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense (International Security Affairs), October 1970 – February 1973, and as U.S. Ambassador to New Zealand, Fiji, The Kingdom of Tonga, and Western Samoa from 1974 to 1979. He was an unsuccessful Republican candidate for nomination in the United States Senate election in Alabama, 1980. He served as president of the American League for Exports and Security Assistance from 1980 to 1985. He was a resident of Greensboro, Alabama, and Falls Church, Virginia, until he died of cancer in Birmingham, Alabama, November 14, 1985. He was interred in Greensboro City Cemetery, Greensboro, Alabama.

A.I. Selden Dam, built in 1958 on Alabama's Black Warrior River, bears his name.[1]

References[edit]

  • United States Congress. "Armistead I. Selden Jr. (id: S000232)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved on 2009-03-02
  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-08-20. Retrieved 2012-08-19.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

External links[edit]

 This article incorporates public domain material from the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress website http://bioguide.congress.gov.

U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Edward deGraffenried
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Alabama's 6th congressional district

1953-1963
Succeeded by
District inactive
Preceded by
District inactive
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Alabama's at-large congressional district

1963-1965
Succeeded by
District inactive
Preceded by
District inactive
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Alabama's 5th congressional district

1965-1969
Succeeded by
Walter Flowers
Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Kenneth Franzheim II
United States Ambassador to Fiji
1974–1978
Succeeded by
John Peter Condon
Preceded by
Kenneth Franzheim II
U.S. Ambassador to New Zealand
1974 – 1979
Succeeded by
Anne Clark Martindell