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Armistead I. Selden Jr.

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Armistead I. Selden Jr.
Armistead Selden.jpg
Member of the
U.S. House of Representatives
from Alabama
In office
January 3, 1953 – January 3, 1969
Preceded byEdward deGraffenried
Succeeded byWalter Flowers
Constituency6th district (1953–63)
At-large (1963–65)
5th district (1965–69)
Member of the Alabama House of Representatives
In office
1951-1952
United States Ambassador to Fiji
In office
March 1, 1974 – April 17, 1978
PresidentRichard M. Nixon
Gerald Ford
Jimmy Carter
Preceded byKenneth Franzheim II
Succeeded byJohn P. Condon
United States Ambassador to New Zealand
In office
April 22, 1974 – April 23, 1979
PresidentGerald Ford
Jimmy Carter
Preceded byKenneth Franzheim II
Succeeded byAnne Clark Martindell
United States Ambassador to Samoa
In office
April 22, 1974 – April 23, 1979
PresidentGerald Ford
Jimmy Carter
Preceded byKenneth Franzheim II
Succeeded byAnne Clark Martindell
Personal details
Born
Armistead Inge Selden, Jr.

(1921-02-20)February 20, 1921
Greensboro, Alabama
DiedNovember 14, 1985(1985-11-14) (aged 64)
Birmingham, Alabama
Political partyRepublican (1979–1985)
Other political
affiliations
Democratic (before 1979)
Armistead I. Selden (right) with Wernher von Braun, 1968.
Armistead I. Selden (right) with Wernher von Braun, 1968.

Armistead Inge Selden Jr. (February 20, 1921 – November 14, 1985) was a segregationist U.S. Representative from Alabama.

Early life and military service

Born in Greensboro, Alabama, Selden attended the public schools. He graduated from Greensboro High School in 1938 and from the University of the South, Sewanee, Tennessee, in 1942. He 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. He served as lieutenant commander in the United States Naval Reserve. He entered the University of Alabama School of Law and graduated in 1948.

He was admitted to the bar in 1948 and commenced practice in Greensboro, Alabama. He served as member of the Alabama House of Representatives in 1951 and 1952.

Congressional and diplomatic career

Selden was elected as a Democrat to the Eighty-third Congress. He was reelected to the seven succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1953 – January 3, 1969). While in Congress he was a signatory to the 1956 Southern Manifesto that opposed the desegregation of public schools ordered by the Supreme Court in Brown v. Board of Education. He served as a member of the United States House Committee on Foreign Affairs and as head of the now-defunct US House Inter-American Affairs Committee. Following the Cuban Revolution in 1958, led by Fidel Castro, Selden was influential in the passage of the October 19, 1960 United States embargo against Cuba and their expulsion from the Organization of American States on January 31, 1962. He also represented the US at the inauguration of Anastasio Somoza in 1967. He 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, losing the Democratic primary to former Lieutenant Governor James Allen. He resumed the practice of law until October 1970.

He served as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense (International Security Affairs), October 1970 – February 1973, and as U.S. Ambassador to New Zealand, Fiji, The Kingdom of Tonga, and Western Samoa from 1974 to 1979. He was an unsuccessful Republican candidate for nomination in the United States Senate election in Alabama, 1980. He served as president of the American League for Exports and Security Assistance from 1980 to 1985. He was a resident of Greensboro, Alabama, and Falls Church, Virginia, until he died of cancer in Birmingham, Alabama, November 14, 1985. He was interred in Greensboro City Cemetery, Greensboro, Alabama.

A.I. Selden Dam, built in 1958 on Alabama's Black Warrior River, bears his name.[1]

References

  • United States Congress. "Armistead I. Selden Jr. (id: S000232)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved on 2009-03-02
  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-08-20. Retrieved 2012-08-19.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

Archives of Sewanee: The University of The South

External links

 This article incorporates public domain material from the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress website http://bioguide.congress.gov.

U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Edward deGraffenried
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Alabama's 6th congressional district

1953-1963
Succeeded by
District inactive
Preceded by
District inactive
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Alabama's at-large congressional district

1963-1965
Succeeded by
District inactive
Preceded by
District inactive
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Alabama's 5th congressional district

1965-1969
Succeeded by
Walter Flowers
Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Kenneth Franzheim II
United States Ambassador to Fiji
1974–1978
Succeeded by
John Peter Condon
Preceded by
Kenneth Franzheim II
U.S. Ambassador to New Zealand
1974 – 1979
Succeeded by
Anne Clark Martindell
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