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James Browning Allen


In office
January 3, 1969 – June 1, 1978
Preceded by J. Lister Hill
Succeeded by Maryon Pittman Allen

In office
January 15, 1951 – January 17, 1955
Governor Gordon Persons
Preceded by James C. Inzer
Succeeded by William G. Hardwick

In office
January 14, 1963 – January 16, 1967
Governor George Wallace
Preceded by Albert B. Boutwell
Succeeded by Albert Brewer

Born December 28, 1913
Gadsden, Alabama
Died June 1, 1978
Gulf Shores, Alabama
Nationality American
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Maryon Pittman Allen
Alma mater University of Alabama
Military service
Service/branch United States Navy
Years of service 1943–1946
Unit Reserves

James Browning Allen (December 28, 1912 – June 1, 1978) was a Democratic U.S. Senator from Alabama. Allen was born in Gadsden, Alabama and attended the University of Alabama and the University of Alabama Law School. While attending 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 State legislature 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 Lieutenant Governor of Alabama from 1951 to 1955 and again from 1963 to 1967.

In 1968 he was elected as a member of the Democratic Party to the United States Senate and was reelected in 1974. A master of parliamentary procedure, Allen was known as one of the most conservative Democrats in the Senate during his time there. He was an active opponent of the Panama Canal Treaty.

He served until his death in Gulf Shores, Alabama, on June 1, 1978. He is interred in Forrest Cemetery in Gadsden. Governor George Wallace of Alabama, under whom Allen served previously as Lt. Governor, appointed Allen's widow, Maryon Pittman Allen, to succeed him in the Senate.

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Political offices
Preceded by
James C. Inzer
Lieutenant Governor of Alabama
1951–1955
Succeeded by
William G. Hardwick
Preceded by
Albert Boutwell
Lieutenant Governor of Alabama
1963–1967
Succeeded by
Albert Brewer
United States Senate
Preceded by
J. Lister Hill
United States Senator (Class 3) from Alabama
1969–1978
Served alongside: John J. Sparkman
Succeeded by
Maryon Pittman Allen
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