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Alabama Lieutenant Governors

photo of James B. Allen

 

James B. Allen

Lieutenant Governor: 1951-1955, 1963-1967

 

James Browning Allen, of Gadsden, was born December 28, 1912, son of George C. and Mary Ethel (Browning) Allen, the former an attorney of the firm Dortch, Martin, and Allen, of Gadsden, and serving one term in the State Legislature, 1931-1935. Mr. Allen received his education in the public schools of Gadsden and the University of Alabama. He began the practice of law in 1935, with the firm Dortch, Allen, and Meighan. He was a member of the House of Representatives from Etowah County, 1939-1943, 1943-1945, resigning in the middle of the second term to enter military service as an Ensign in the USNR, from August 1943 to December 1944 when he was promoted to Lieutenant JG, and served to January 1946. He served in the State Senate, representing Etowah and St. Claire Counties, 1947-1951; elected Lieutenant Governor for the term 1951-1955 and again for the term beginning 1963.

 

Allen was elected as a Democrat to the United States Senate, November 5, 1968; reelected in 1974, and served from January 3, 1969, until his death in Gulf Shores, Ala., June 1, 1978; interment in Forrest Cemetery, Gadsden, Ala.

 

He was a Democrat; and a member of the Church of Christ.

 

Married: March 16, 1940, at Gadsden, Marjorie Jo, daughter of Joseph N. and Dora Stephens. Mrs. Allen is now deceased. They had three children together. In August 1964 Jim Allen married Maryon Pittman Mullins, who was appointed by Governor George Wallace to her husband's Senate seat when Sen. Allen died. She resigned her seat on November 7, 1978.

 

Authorities:
Alabama Department of Archives and History, Official and Statistical Register, 1963, 35-36.
Biographical Directory of the American Congress, 1774-1971, pp. 505-6.

 

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