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Mayor ivan allen
Transcript of Mayor ivan allen
Early political year
Coming in to office
Time as mayor
van Earnest Allen Jr., was an American businessman who served two terms as the 52nd Mayor of Atlanta, during the turbulent civil rights era of the 1960s
January 25, 2017
Ivan Earnest Allen Jr. was born in Atlanta, Ga. on March 15, 1911. He was the only son of Ivan Allen, Sr (1876–1968) and Irene Beaumont Allen (1889-1972).
In 1936, he married Louise Richardson, granddaughter of Hugh T. Inman, and member of one of the most prominent families in Atlanta.They had three sons, Ivan Allen III (1938-2002), Hugh Inman, and Beaumont (1951–2014). He continued working at the family company until he was called to the army to serve in World War II from 1942-1945.
Career's Throughout the years
After graduating from Georgia Tech in 1933 during the depths of the Great Depression, And began his lifetime of work in the family business, which was at the time called the Ivan Allen–Marshall Company.
Ivan Allen Jr. was president of Ivan Allen Company from 1946 to 1970 and chairman from 1970 to 1995.
In 1936, Allen actively campaigned for Georgia Governor Ed Rivers, serving in a number of state-government positions during the Rivers administration between 1936 and 1940.
While working at Ivan Allen–Marshall Company, he began to participate in civic affairs, such as the Boy Scouts and the Community Chest.
He served as a member of the state Board of Education and the state Department of Veteran Services. He was a director of the Bank of Georgia, a trustee at the Georgia Tech Research Institute, an executive board member of the state's Family Welfare Society and of the Atlanta YMCA, president of the Young Democrats Club of Georgia, and president of the Atlanta Improvement Association (1951).
In 1961, he ran for Mayor of Atlanta against Lester Maddox, a 45-year-old restaurant owner and staunch segregationist. Allen was carried to victory by 63,522 votes, while Maddox received 35,922 votes. Allen gained much of his support from the black community, which made up 40 percent of the city's population at the time. He took office in early 1962, replacing outgoing Atlanta Mayor William B. Hartsfield, who was retiring after 23 years in office.
In June 1962, during his first term as Mayor, Allen took the solemn responsibility of flying to France to help identify and bring home the bodies of 106 of Atlanta's art and business leaders who, on an art appreciation tour, died in the Air France Flight 007 plane crash at Orly Airport in Paris.
He play a key role in bringing major league sports to atlanta.