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Armistead Inge SELDEN, Jr.

(1921-1985)

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.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present

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