ALLEN, Maryon Pittman (1925-2018)

ALLEN, MARYON PITTMAN, (wife of James Browning Allen), a Senator from Alabama; born Maryon Pittman in Meridian, Lauderdale County, Miss., November 30, 1925; moved to Birmingham, Ala., 1926; educated in the public schools of Birmingham; attended the University of Alabama; journalist, editor, writer, and lecturer; appointed chairwoman of the Blair House Fine Arts Commission by President Gerald R. Ford 1974; appointed on June 8, 1978, as a Democrat to the United States Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the death of her husband, James B. Allen, and served from June 8, 1978, to November 7, 1978; unsuccessful candidate for renomination to the unexpired term ending January 3, 1981; columnist for The Washington Post 1978-1981; public relations and advertising director for C.G. Sloan & Co., an antique and auction firm; owner, Maryon Allen Company (restoration/design), Birmingham; was a resident of Birmingham, Ala., until her death on July 23, 2018.

Alabama Department of Archives and History
Montgomery, AL
Papers: 1978. 1 cubic foot. Files and press releases.

  • "Maryon Pittman Allen," in Women in Congress, 1917-2006. Prepared under the direction of the Committee on House Administration by the Office of History & Preservation, U.S. House of Representatives. Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 2006.
  • Watson, Elbert L. "Maryon Pittman Allen.'' In Alabama United States Senators, pp. 150-52. Huntsville, AL: Strode Publishers, 1982.