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Howell Thomas Heflin

Howell Thomas Heflin, former senator, lawyer, former state supreme court chief justice. Bar: Alabama 1948.


  • Heflin, Howell Thomas was born on June 19, 1921 in Poulan, Georgia, United States. Son of Marvin Rutledge and Louise D. (Strudwick) Heflin.

  • Education

    • AB, Birmingham Southern College, 1942. Juris Doctor, University Alabama, 1948. Doctor of Laws (honorary), University Alabama.

      Doctor of Laws (honorary), University Northern Alabama. Doctor of Laws (honorary), Samford University. Doctor of Laws (honorary), Tuskegee University.

      Doctor of Laws (honorary), Delaware Law School. Doctor of Laws (honorary), Widener College. Doctor of Laws (honorary), Troy State University.

      Doctor of Laws (honorary), Alabama Christian College. Doctor of Laws (honorary), Tuskegee University. Doctor of Laws (honorary), Livingston University.

      Doctor of Laws (honorary), Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical University. Doctor of Laws (honorary), Alabama State University. Doctor of Laws (honorary), Stillman College.

      DHH (honorary), Birmingham Southern College, 1980. Doctor of Humane Letters (honorary), Talledega College. Doctor of Science (honorary), Auburn University.


    • Practiced in, Tuscumbia. Senior partner firm Heflin, Rosser and Munsey. Chief justice Supreme Court Alabama, 1971-1977.

      Chairman National Conference Chief Justices, 1976-1977. Member United States Senate from Alabama, Washington, 1979-1997. Member judiciary committee, agriculture committee.

      Board directors Methodist Public House, 1952-1964. Lecturer University Alabama, 1946-1948, University North Alabama, 1948-1952. Tazewell Taylor visiting professor law College William and Mary, 1977.

    Major achievements

    • Bar: Alabama 1948.


    The separation of church and state has guaranteed the diversity of religious expressions and the freedom to worship God according to each person’s conscience. However, separation of church and state permit interaction.

    Party affiliation: Democrat


    Salvation can be achieved through deep and sincere believe in God.

    Denomination: Methodist


    Language of a derogatory nature (with regard to race, nationality, ethnic background, gender, sexuality, and physical differences) does not reflect value of one another and contradicts the Christian teaching.


    Member Alabama Education Commission, 1957-1958. Chairman Colbert County American Red Cross, 1950. Alabama field director Crusade for Children, 1948.

    President Alabama Committee Better Schools, 1958-1959. Chairman Tuscumbia Board Education, 1954-1964, Alabama Tenure Commission, 1959-1964. President University Alabama Law School Foundation, 1964-1966.

    Co-chairman National Conference of Christians and Jews, Tri-Cities area, 1949-1970. Chairman Brotherhood Week. Board directors, vice president National Center for State Courts, 1975-1977.

    Trustee Birmingham Southern College. Honorary president Troy State University Served to major United States Marine Corps, 1942-1946. Fellow International Academy of Law and Sciences, International Academy Trial Lawyers, International Society Barristers, American College Trial Lawyers.

    Member Alabama Bar Association (president 1965-1966), Colbert County Bar Association (past president), Alabama Bar Foundation (past president), American Judicature Society (vice president 1977-1979), Alabama Law School Alumni Association (past president), Alabama Trial Lawyers Association (president), National Association biomedical Research Association (Outstanding Public Service award, National Veterans award), Warren Burger Society of National Center for State Courts, Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion, 40 and 8, DAV, Third Marine Division Association, Order of Coif, Omicron Delta Kappa, Phi Delta Phi, Tau Kappa Alpha, Lambda Chi Alpha.


    • Married Elizabeth Ann Carmichael, February 23, 1952. 1 son, Howell Thomas.
    • father: Marvin Rutledge Heflin
    • mother: Louise D. (Strudwick) Heflin
    • spouse: Elizabeth Ann Carmichael
    Howell Thomas Heflin
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    Born June 19, 1921
    Died March 29, 2005
    (aged 83)
    • 1942
      Birmingham Southern College
    • 1948
      University Alabama
    • 1980
      Birmingham Southern College
    • 1971 - 1977
      chief justice Supreme Court Alabama
    • 1976 - 1977
      chairman, National Conference Chief Justices
    • 1979 - 1997
      member, United States Senate from Alabama
      Washington, United States
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