George E. Allen Jr.

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George E. Allen Jr.
Member of the Virginia House of Delegates
from the 33rd district
In office
January 12, 1972 – January 13, 1982
Preceded by L. Ray Ashworth
Succeeded by None (seat abolished)
Member of the Virginia House of Delegates
from the 36th district
In office
January 12, 1966 – January 12, 1972
Preceded by Lucas D. Phillips
Succeeded by George W. Jones
Alex McMurtrie Jr.
Member of the Virginia House of Delegates
from the 59th district
In office
January 8, 1964 – January 12, 1966
Preceded by Garnett S. Moore
Succeeded by George C. Rawlings Jr.
Member of the Virginia House of Delegates
from the 60th district
In office
January 10, 1962 – January 8, 1964
Preceded by None (district created)
Succeeded by R. Crockett Gwyn Jr.
Member of the Virginia House of Delegates from Richmond City
In office
January 13, 1954 – January 10, 1962
Preceded by Albert O. Boschen
Succeeded by None (districts numbered)
Personal details
Born George Edward Allen Jr.
(1914-04-14)April 14, 1914
Victoria, Virginia, U.S.
Died February 21, 1990(1990-02-21) (aged 75)
Richmond, Virginia, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Alma mater Virginia Tech (B.A.)
University of Richmond (LL.B.)

George Edward Allen Jr. (April 14, 1914 – February 21, 1990) was a Virginia attorney who, with his father and two brothers, founded the law firm of Allen, Allen, Allen & Allen.

Early life and education[edit]

Allen was born in Lunenburg County, Virginia to George E. Allen, Sr. (1885–1972) and Susie Lee Jones Allen (1892–1918). After attending Virginia Polytechnic Institute, Allen graduated from the T.C. Williams School of Law, University of Richmond and began practicing law in 1936.[1]

Career[edit]

Active in politics, Allen served as President of the Young Democratic Clubs of Virginia before he ran for a seat in the Virginia General Assembly's House of Delegates in 1954.[2] He served in the House of Delegates for 28 years until 1982. From 1974 to 1982, Allen was Chairman of the House Courts of Justice Committee.[3]

During his years in the state legislatures,[4] George Allen Jr. championed the rights of persons injured through the negligence of others and voted for laws to protect their interests. Major pieces of legislation he supported include the repeal of a Virginia law which limited monetary recovery in wrongful death cases.[5] Prior to repeal, a judge or jury could not award damages exceeding $25,000 in a wrongful death case regardless of the number of dependents the deceased person had, or how large his earned income was.[6] Allen also advocated the repeal of a longstanding Virginia law which prohibited an injured guest passenger from making a monetary recovery from his negligent host driver unless the passenger could prove gross as opposed to simple negligence or willful and wanton disregard on the operator's part.[7]

Allen's bar association activities included service as the Vice-President of the Virginia Trial Lawyers' Association from 1962–1963 and terms as Secretary (1956–1957) and Governor (1966–68) of the American Trial Lawyers Association. He served as trustee of the Law Science Academy and Foundation and was the recipient of the Southern Trial Lawyers Association's "War Horse Award" which recognizes attorneys who have made extraordinary contributions to the trial bar over a period of thirty years or more.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Historical Bio for George E. Allen Session 1970. Retrieved 22 July 2009.
  2. ^ Historical Bio for George E. Allen Session 1966. Retrieved 22 July 2009.
  3. ^ Manual of the Senate and House of Delegates. Virginia General Assembly. 1980–1982. pp. 261, 277. 
  4. ^ A Guide to the WRVA Radio Collection, 1925-2000 Retrieved 22 July 2009.
  5. ^ Journal of the House of Delegates of the Commonwealth of Virginia. Virginia General Assembly. 1974. pp. 1305, 1775, 1800. 
  6. ^ Acts of the General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Virginia. Virginia General Assembly. 1974. p. 807. 
  7. ^ Journal of the House of Delegates of the Commonwealth of Virginia. Virginia General Assembly. 1974. pp. 108, 389, 2164. 
  8. ^ Esteemed War Horse Honorees Retrieved 22 July 2009.

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