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BROWDER, John Glen

BROWDER, John Glen
Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives


BROWDER, John Glen, a Representative from Alabama; born in Sumter, Sumter County, S.C., January 15, 1943; graduated, Edmunds High School, Sumter, S.C., 1961; B.A., Presbyterian College, Clinton, S.C., 1965; M.A., Emory University, Atlanta, Ga., 1971; Ph.D., Emory University, Atlanta, Ga., 1971; sportswriter, Atlanta Journal, 1966; investigator, United States Civil Service Commission, Atlanta, 1966-1968; professor of political science, Jacksonville State University, Alabama, 1971-1987; president, Data Associates, Anniston, Alabama, 1978-1987; Alabama state representative, 1982-1986; secretary of state, Alabama, 1987-1989; elected as a Democrat to the One Hundred First Congress, by special election, to fill the vacancy caused by the death of United States Representative William F. Nichols, and reelected to the three succeeding Congresses (April 4, 1989-January 3, 1997); was not a candidate for reelection to the United States House of Representatives in 1996, but was an unsuccessful candidate for nomination to the United States Senate.

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

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External Research Collections

Jacksonville State University
University Library

Jacksonville, AL
Papers: ca. 1943-2006, 450 linear feet. The John Glen Browder collection contains legislative papers, office documents, campaign files, academic research, media coverage, and miscellaneous memorabilia from Glen Browder's lengthy career as a public official and political scientist. The collection also documents Glen Browder's work with the Democratic Party and his political consulting activities in the 1970s and 1980s, his campaigns and activities as a public servant, starting with his work as an Alabama state representative, Alabama secretary of state, his election and service as a Representative of the U.S. House of Representatives, and his unsuccessful campaign for the U.S. Senate. Of particular interest is Glen Browder's work with education reform in Alabama, campaign finance reform, budget reform, national security, and his work as a founding member of the Blue Dog Coalition. A finding aid is available in the repository and online:

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

Norman, OK
Videocassettes: 1989-1994, 6 commercials on 1 videoreel and 1 videocassette. Commercials from the campaigns for John Browder's 1989 and 1994 U.S. Congressional elections in Alabama, Democratic Party.
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Bibliography / Further Reading

Browder, John Glen. "Party Activists in a Suburban Southern Community: A Case Study of Dekalb County, Georgia." Ph. D. Diss., Emory University, 1971.

Browder, Glen. The Future of American Democracy: A Former Congressman's Unconventional Analysis of America's Great Experiment in the Twenty-First Century. Lanham, Md.: University Press of America, 2002.

___. The South's New Racial Politics: Inside the Race Game of Southern History. Montgomery, Ala.: NewSouth Books, 2009.

Certain, Geni. Professor-Politician: The Biography of Alabama Congressman Glen Browder. Montgomery, Ala.: NewSouth Books, 2012.

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