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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.


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.


  • Bar: Alabama 1948.


A mature Christian can reach a state where the love of God reigns supreme in the heart. No one can be perfect in an absolute way, as God is. But it is possible to be perfect in love to God.


God, who is heard throughout the Bible, calls for justice for the widows, orphans and aliens who were oppressed by the powers of the day. Therefore the involvement in political life is something that Christians should not avoid.


Every Church member should be trusted with responsibilities. In building the local Methodist groups or 'societies', they should be trained to maintain the meetings and give pastoral care and challenge to the members.


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.

Marvin Rutledge Heflin

Louise D. (Strudwick) Heflin

Elizabeth Ann Carmichael