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Aris T. Allen
Member of the Maryland Senate
from the 30th district

In office
Preceded by Edward T. Hall
Succeeded by David M. King
Member of the Maryland House of Delegates
In office
January 9, 1991 – February 8, 1991
Preceded by Donald E. Lamb
Succeeded by Phillip D. Bissett
Member of the Maryland House of Delegates
In office
Personal details
Born December 27, 1910
San Antonio, Texas
Died February 8, 1991(1991-02-08) (aged 80)
Annapolis, Maryland
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Faye Watson Allen, M.D.
Children Aris T. Allen Jr.
Lonnie W. Allen
Residence Annapolis, Maryland
Occupation Physician
Religion African Methodist Episcopal

Aris T. Allen (December 27, 1910 – February 8, 1991) was an American politician who was the first African-American chair of the Maryland Republican party and the first to run for a statewide office in Maryland.[1]

Background[edit | edit source]

Aris Allen was born in San Antonio, Texas, on December 27, 1910. He attended public schools in San Antonio and Washington, D.C., and graduated from Dunbar High School in Washington. He attended Howard University and Howard University Medical School, earning an M.D. in 1944.

Allen was president of his class at Howard University in Washington, D.C.[2] Allen married Faye E. Watson in 1947; the couple had two children.

Allen served as a pilot in a United States Army Specialized Training Program in 1942, and was an Air Force flight surgeon from 1953 to 1955.

Medicine[edit | edit source]

Allen started his medical career as a medical resident at Freedman's Hospital, Washington, D.C., in 1944 and 1945, then went into private practice in Annapolis. He received the Maryland Medical Association award for outstanding achievements in medicine and civic affairs in 1967. He was also the medical affairs advisor to the Health Care Financing Administration in Maryland from 1981 to 1989, a member of the Board of Medical Examiners of Maryland, and director of the Health Standards and Quality Board of the Health Care Financing Administration. He was a board member of the Maryland Academy of Family Physicians and president of the medical staff of Anne Arundel Medical Center.

Education[edit | edit source]

Allen devoted much of his time to the education of youth in Maryland. He was the first African American to be appointed to the Anne Arundel County Board of Education, was a member of the board of the Anne Arundel Community College, a Trustee of the Anne Arundel County Public Library,[3] and was vice chair for the board of regents at Morgan State University.[4]

Civic involvement[edit | edit source]

Allen served on the boards of the YMCA, the Salvation Army, the Community Chest of Anne Arundel County, the Red Cross, the Annapolis Chamber of Commerce and the Annapolis chapter of the American Cancer Society; he was a life member of the NAACP, a member of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity,[5] (Eta Eta Lambda chapter), and a member of the Board of stewards for his church, Mount Moriah A. M. E.

In the legislature[edit | edit source]

Allen first served in the House of Delegates representing Anne Arundel County from 1967 to 1974 and then from 1990 to 1991. During his tenure in the House he was Minority whip from 1967 to 1974 and a member of the Constitutional and Administrative Law Committee, 1967–74. In the Maryland Senate he served on the Finance Committee from 1979 to 1981.

  • 1990 Race for Maryland House of Delegates – District 30[6]
Voters to choose three:
Name Votes Percent Outcome
John Astle, Dem. 18,009   23%    Won
Aris T. Allen, Rep. 16,951   22%    Won
Michael E. Busch, Dem. 16,104   18%    Won
Edith Segree, Dem. 14,341   18%    Lost
Phillip D. Bissett, Rep. 13,321   17%    Lost

Republican activist[edit | edit source]

Chair, Maryland state Republican Party. Chair of the Maryland delegates to the Republican National Convention, 1972. NAACP county conference award, 1976. Chair, Republican State Central Committee, 1977–79. Rotary International Paul Harris Fellowship, 1978. Candidate for lieutenant governor of Maryland, 1978. Convention secretary, Republican National Convention, 1980.

Gubernatorial General Election Results, 1978
Candidates Votes Percent Outcome
Harry R. Hughes/Samuel W. Bogley Dem. 718,328   70.98%    Won
John Glenn Beall Jr./Aris T. Allen Rep. 293,635   29.02%    Lost

Legacy[edit | edit source]

Dr. Allen died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound after being ill with cancer in Annapolis, February 8, 1991.

A freeway, Aris T. Allen Boulevard (Maryland Route 665), is named for Allen, who died the year prior to its completion. State officials planned to erect a memorial to Allen in the median of his namesake boulevard, but the memorial was placed in a nearby park so that his wife could visit.[7]

The text of the memorial reads:

"A man of honor...A distinguished career of professional and public service...As a Medical Doctor...As a member of the Maryland State Legislature...As an appointee of The President of the United States, to serve his Country on the National level...And as a caring person who has served his community in so many other ways...To help people in need...To provide opportunity for every citizen..."And to set an example that brings out the very best in us".[8]

Notes[edit | edit source]

  1. "Time line of the Twentieth Century". ThinkQuest. Archived from the original on October 16, 2007. https://web.archive.org/web/20071016183725/http://library.thinkquest.org/3337/time19.html. Retrieved 2007-11-07. 
  2. "The Drive of Aris T. Allen". Bay Weekly. Archived from the original on September 4, 2006. https://web.archive.org/web/20060904080637/http://bayweekly.com/year98/dock6_8.html. Retrieved 2007-11-07. 
  3. McKown, Barrett, ed (1987). The Annapolis and Anne Arundel County Public Library: A History. Annapolis: The Public Library Association of Annapolis and Anne Arundel County. pp. 52. 
  4. "Aris T. Allen". Maryland State Archives. http://www.msa.md.gov/msa/speccol/sc3500/sc3520/002100/002180/html/msa02180.html. Retrieved 2007-11-07. 
  5. http://www.apa262.com
  6. "House of Delegates Results". Maryland State Board of Elections. http://www.elections.state.md.us/elections/1990/results_1990/gahod.html. Retrieved November 7, 2007. 
  7. "Aris T. Allen Blvd.". The Roads of Metro Washington-Baltimore. Archived from the original on September 28, 2007. https://web.archive.org/web/20070928063457/http://www.dcroads.net/roads/MD-665/. Retrieved 2007-11-07. 
  8. "Aris T. Allen Memorial, Annapolis, Md.". USA Memorials & Dedications. Archived from the original on November 3, 2007. https://web.archive.org/web/20071103140107/http://www.dcmemorials.com/index_indiv0003422.htm. Retrieved 2007-11-07. 

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