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Gordon Allott
United States Senator
from Colorado

In office
January 3, 1955 – January 3, 1973
Preceded by Edwin C. Johnson
Succeeded by Floyd Haskell
33rd Lieutenant Governor of Colorado

In office
January 9, 1951 – January 3, 1955
Governor Walter Walford Johnson
Daniel I. J. Thornton
Preceded by Charles P. Murphy
Succeeded by Stephen McNichols
Personal details
Born Gordon Llewellyn Allott
(1907-01-02)January 2, 1907
Pueblo, Colorado, U.S.
Died January 17, 1989(1989-01-17) (aged 82)
Englewood, Colorado, U.S.
Political party Republican
Military service
Allegiance  United States
Service/branch  United States Army
Years of service 1942–1946
Rank Major
Unit United States Army Air Corps
Battles/wars World War II

Gordon Llewellyn Allott (January 2, 1907 – January 17, 1989) was a Republican American politician.

Allott was born in Pueblo, Colorado to Bertha (née Llewellyn) and Leonard J. Allott; his maternal grandparents were Welsh and his paternal grandparents were English.[1] He graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 1927 and from its law school in 1929. Allott was also an athlete in his youth, winning the 440 yd hurdles at the 1929 United States championships.[2][3] He was admitted to the bar in 1929 and commenced practice in Pueblo. He moved to Lamar, Colorado in 1930 and continued practicing law.

Allott was the county attorney of Prowers County, Colorado in 1934 and from 1941 to 1946. He was also the director of the First Federal Savings & Loan Association of Lamar from 1934 to 1960. He became Lamar's city attorney in 1937, and served in this position until 1941.

During World War II, Allott served as a major in the United States Army Air Corps from 1942 to 1946. After the war he became a district attorney in the fifteenth judicial district from 1946 to 1948. He was the vice chairman of the Colorado Board of Paroles from 1951 to 1955, and he served as the 33rd Lieutenant Governor of Colorado from 1951 to 1955 under Democratic Governor Walter Walford Johnson and Republican Governor Daniel I. J. Thornton.

Allott was elected to the United States Senate in 1954. He was reelected in 1960 and again in 1966, and served from January 3, 1955 to January 3, 1973. There he was Chairman of the Republican Policy Committee. Allott voted in favor of the Civil Rights Acts of 1957,[4] 1964,[5] and 1968,[6] as well as the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and the confirmation of Thurgood Marshall to the U.S. Supreme Court,[7][8] while not voting on the Civil Rights Act of 1960.[9] Allott died in Englewood, Colorado, and was interred in Fairmount Cemetery, Denver, Colorado.

Paul Weyrich and George Will worked on his Senate staff.

See also[]

  • List of Chairpersons of the College Republicans

Sources[]

  • Gordon Allott at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress
  • Scribner Encyclopedia of American Lives.

External links[]

Political offices
Preceded by
Charles P. Murphy
Lieutenant Governor of Colorado
1951–1955
Succeeded by
Stephen McNichols
Party political offices
Preceded by
Will Nicholson
Republican nominee for U.S. Senator from Colorado
(Class 2)

1954, 1960, 1966, 1972
Succeeded by
William L. Armstrong
Preceded by
Bourke B. Hickenlooper
Chair of the Senate Republican Policy Committee
1969–1973
Succeeded by
John Tower
United States Senate
Preceded by
Edwin C. Johnson
U.S. Senator (Class 2) from Colorado
1955–1973
Served alongside: Eugene Millikin, John A. Carroll, Peter H. Dominick
Succeeded by
Floyd Haskell

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