Miles C. Allgood

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Miles Clayton Allgood
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Alabama's 5th district
In office
March 4, 1933 – January 3, 1935
Preceded byLaFayette L. Patterson
Succeeded byJoe Starnes
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Alabama's 7th district
In office
March 4, 1923 – March 3, 1933
Preceded byLilius Bratton Rainey
Succeeded byWilliam B. Bankhead
Personal details
BornFebruary 22, 1878 (1878-02-22)
Chepultepec (now Allgood), Alabama, U.S.
DiedMarch 4, 1977 (1977-03-05) (aged 99)
Fort Payne, Alabama, U.S.
Citizenship United States
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Willie Randall Fox Allgood
ChildrenMiles Clayton Allgood, Jr., Mary Fox Allgood, William David Allgood
Alma materState Normal College (now the University of North Alabama)
Professionteacher politician

Miles Clayton Allgood (February 22, 1878 – March 4, 1977) was an American politician and a U.S. Representative from Alabama.


Born in Chepultepec (now Allgood), Blount County, Alabama, Allgood was the son of William Barnett and Mary Matilda (Ingram) Allgood. He attended the common schools of his native county and was graduated from the State Normal College at Florence, Alabama (now the University of North Alabama), in 1898. He married Willie Randall Fox on February 1, 1917; and was a cousin of Clarence William Allgood.


Allgood taught school in Blount County. He became the tax assessor of Blount County, Alabama from 1900 to 1909, and was a member of the State Democratic executive committee from 1908 to 1910. He served as Blount County agricultural demonstration agent from 1910 to 1913; State auditor of Alabama from 1914 to 1918; and as State commissioner of agriculture and industries from 1918 to 1922. He was elected as a delegate at large from Alabama to the Democratic National Convention at San Francisco in 1920.[1]

Elected as a Democrat to the Sixty-eighth Congress and to the five succeeding Congresses, Allgood served from March 4, 1923, to January 3, 1935.[2] He was chairman of the Committee on War Claims (Seventy-second and Seventy-third Congresses). Was a proponent of establishing a minimum wage to encourage businesses to hire white workers over non-white workers who were willing to work for less, telling his fellow Congressmen he hoped a bare minimum wage law would put an end to out-of-state contractors bringing in "cheap colored labor... in competition with [local] white labor." [3]

An unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1934, Allgood served as a member of the Farm Security Administration from September 4, 1935, until he retired on December 1, 1943. He made an unsuccessful campaign for State treasurer in 1954 and again retired.


Allgood died in Fort Payne, Alabama, March 4, 1977 (age 99 years, 10 days). He is interred at Valley Head Cemetery, Valley Head, Alabama.[4]


  1. ^ "Miles C. Allgood". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved 17 May 2013.
  2. ^ "Miles C. Allgood". Govtrack US Congress. Retrieved 17 May 2013.
  3. ^ Congressional Record 74 (1931), p. 6513.
  4. ^ "Miles C. Allgood". The Political Graveyard. Retrieved 17 May 2013.

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 This article incorporates public domain material from the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress website

U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
LaFayette L. Patterson
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Alabama's 5th congressional district

Succeeded by
Joe Starnes
Preceded by
Lilius Bratton Rainey
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Alabama's 7th congressional district

Succeeded by
William B. Bankhead