Howell Heflin

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Date of Birth June 19, 1921
Place of Birth Alabama
Date of Death May 29, 2005 (83)
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Howell Thomas Heflin was an American lawyer and politician who served in the United States Senate, representing Alabama. He chose not to run for re-election in 1996.

Born: Jun 19, 1921, Poulan, Georgia, U.S.
Died: Mar 29, 2005, Sheffield, Alabama, U.S.
Resting place: Glendale Cemetery, Leighton, Alabama
Nationality: American
Political party: Democratic
Spouse(s): Elizabeth Ann Carmichael
Alma mater: Birmingham-Southern College (B.A.), University of Alabama School of Law (LL.B.)
Religion: Methodist

About Howell Heflin

Conservative democrat Senator from Alabama from 1979 to 1997 who, for some of his tenure, was the Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Ethics. He also served as the Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court from 1971 to 1977.

Before Fame

After serving in the Marines, he taught political science at the University of Alabama, at the same time studying for a law degree from the school.


As a senior member of Senate Select Committee on Ethics, he often acted as the voice of conscience of his fellow senators.

Family Life

His cousin Julia Strudwick Tutwiler was a prominent Alabama educator and reformer, while his uncle 'Cotton Tom' Heflin was an outspoken segregationist.


President Ronald Reagan considered appointing him to the Supreme Court but he declined the opportunity.

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  • Chief Justices of the Supreme Court of Alabama
  • United States Senators from Alabama
  • Birmingham–Southern College alumni
  • Alabama Democrats
  • United States Marine Corps officers
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