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SELDEN, Armistead Inge, Jr.

SELDEN, Armistead Inge, Jr.
Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives


SELDEN, Armistead Inge, Jr., A Representative from Alabama; born in Greensboro, Hale County, Ala., February 20, 1921; attended the public schools; graduated from Greensboro High School in 1938 and from the University of the South, Sewanee, Tenn., in 1942; 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; lieutenant commander in the United States Naval Reserve; entered the University of Alabama School of Law and graduated in 1948; was admitted to the bar in 1948 and commenced practice in Greensboro, Ala.; member of the State house of representatives in 1951 and 1952; elected as a Democrat to the Eighty-third Congress; reelected to the seven succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1953-January 3, 1969); 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; resumed the practice of law until October 1970; Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense (International Security Affairs), October 1970-February 1973; Ambassador to New Zealand, Fiji, The Kingdom of Tonga, and Western Samoa, 1974-1979; was an unsuccessful Republican candidate for nomination to the United States Senate from Alabama in 1980; president, American League for Exports and Security Assistance, 1980-1985; was a resident of Greensboro, Ala., and Falls Church, Va., until his death in Birmingham, Ala., November 14, 1985; interment in Greensboro City Cemetery, Greensboro, Ala.

View Record in the Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress

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External Research Collections

The University of the South
William R. Laurie University Archives & Special Collections

Sewanee, TN
Papers: 1956-1969, 5.3 linear feet. The materials in The Armistead Selden Collection are devoted almost exclusively to foreign policy positions, bills, and directives in relation to Latin America, NATO, Vietnam, and the Soviet Union during Armistead Selden's tenure as Representative from 1957-1969. A finding aid is available online.

Alabama Department of Archives and History

Montgomery, AL
Papers: In the Alabama.Circuit Court (8th Circuit), Judge James N. Bloodworth's program administration files, 1959-1968, 19 cubic feet. Correspondents include Armistead I. Selden, Jr.
Papers: In the Alabama Governor public relations files, 1954-1970, 15 cubic feet. Persons represented include Armistead I. Selden, Jr.
Papers: In the Sam (Samuel Martin) Engelhardt papers 1888-1973, approximately 8 cubic feet. Persons represented include Armistead I. Selden, Jr.
Papers: In the James Elisha Folsom papers, 1938-1981, 20 cubic feet. Persons represented include Armistead I. Selden, Jr.

Auburn University

Auburn, AL
Papers: In Alabama Farm Bureau Federation records, 1922-1980. ca. 47 cubic feet (1 foot congressional correspondence). Includes correspondence between Congressmen and Farm Bureau officials concerning legislation. Finding aid in repository. Restricted.

University of Oklahoma
The Julian P. Kanter Political Commercial Archive, Department of Communication

Norman, OK
Videocassettes: 1980, 5 commercials on 1 videocassette. The commercials were used during Armistead Selden's campaign for the 1980 U.S. senatorial election in Alabama, Republican Party.
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