ELLENDER, Allen Joseph (1890-1972)
Senate Years of Service: 1937-1972

ELLENDER, ALLEN JOSEPH, a Senator from Louisiana; born in Montegut, Terrebonne Parish, La., September 24, 1890; attended the public and private schools; graduated from St. Aloysius College, New Orleans, La., in 1909 and from the law department of Tulane University, New Orleans, La., 1913; admitted to the bar in 1913 and commenced practice in Houma, La.; city attorney of Houma 1913-1915; district attorney of Terrebonne Parish 1915-1916; during the First World War served as a sergeant in the Artillery Corps, United States Army 1917-1918; delegate to the constitutional convention of Louisiana in 1921; Democratic national committeeman from Louisiana 1939-1940; member, State house of representatives 1924-1936, serving as floor leader 1928-1932 and as speaker 1932-1936; elected as a Democrat to the United States Senate in 1936; reelected in 1942, 1948, 1954, 1960, and 1966, and served from January 3, 1937, until his death on July 27, 1972; President pro tempore of the Senate during the Ninety-second Congress; chairman, Committee on Claims (Seventy-eighth and Seventy-ninth Congresses), Committee on Agriculture and Forestry (Eighty-second and Eighty-fourth through Ninety-first Congresses), Committee on Appropriations (Ninety-second Congress); died at the Bethesda Naval Hospital, Bethesda, Md.; interment in Magnolia Cemetery, Houma, La.

Broadcast Pioneers Library
University of Maryland Hornbake Library
College Park, MD
Papers: 1 audiotape (1973) in Westinghouse Broadcasting Company collection, 1945-1981.

Lyndon Baines Johnson Library
Austin, TX
Oral History: July 30, 1969. 19 pages.

John F. Kennedy Library
Boston, MA
Oral History: 1967. 50 pages.

Nicholls State University
Ellender Memorial Library
Thibodaux, LA
Papers: 1947-1972. Ca. 700 cartons. Congressional and personal correspondence and papers, diaries, scrapbooks, films, sound recordings, photographs, memorabilia, and portrait. Finding aid. 1 box restricted.

Northwestern State University of Louisiana
Eugene P. Watson Memorial Library
Natchitoches, LA
Papers: 8 letters to and 2 letters from C. Dorman (1955-1967) and 1 speech (1951) before the Southern Forestry Conference in the Dormon collection; and speeches (1940), correspondence with A.A. Fredericks (1940-1941), and correspondence with president of NSC (1948-1949) in NSU University Archives.

University of Georgia
Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies
Athens, GA
Oral History: 1971. 18 pages. Limited to reminiscences of Russell.

  • Becnel, Thomas A. "Allen J. Ellender, Consensus Politician.'' Louisiana History 32 (Summer 1991): 229-38.
  • ___. "The Ellenders: Pioneer Terrebonne Parish Family, 1840-1924.'' Louisiana History 26 (Spring 1985): 117-27.
  • ___. "Fulbright of Arkansas v. Ellender of Louisiana: The Politics of Sugar and Rice, 1937-1974.'' Arkansas Historical Quarterly 43 (Winter 1984): 289-303.
  • ___. "Louisiana Senator Allen J. Ellender and IWW Leader Covington Hall: An Agrarian Dichotomy.'' Louisiana History 23 (Summer 1982): 259-75.
  • ___. Senator Allen Ellender of Louisiana: A Biography. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1996.
  • U.S. Congress. Memorial Services, Held in the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States, Together with Tributes Presented in Eulogy of Allen J. Ellender, Late a Senator from Louisiana. 92d Cong., 2d sess., 1972. Washington: Government Printing Office, 1974.
  • U.S. Congress. Tributes to the Honorable Allen J. Ellender of Louisiana in the United States Senate: Upon the Occasion of His Eighty-first Birthday. 92d Cong., 1st sess., 1971. Washington: Government Printing Office, 1971.