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Gordon Llewellyn Allott was born in Pueblo Colorado on January 2, 1907 to Leonard John and Bertha Louise Allott. He spent his childhood in Pueblo and attended local public schools. Gordon Allott attended the University of Colorado where he received his BA in 1927 and his LL.B. in 1929. Later in 1929 he was admitted to the Colorado bar and practiced law in Lamar.  He served two terms as the Prowers County Attorney in 1934 and from 1941-1946. While practicing law in Prowers Country, Allot also served as director of First Federal Loan and Savings.  In 1937 he became the Lamar City Attorney and served in that capacity until 1941.  During World War II, Allott served as a Major in the United States Army Air Corps in the South Pacific. After the war, from 1946-1949 he served as district attorney of Prowers County.  In 1950, he was even elected and served as Colorado Lieutenant Governor. A staunch and influential Republican, he ran for the US Senate seat for Colorado and won in 1955. He served in the Senate until 1972, when he lost his bid for reelection in a Democratic sweep. It was at this time that he retired from political life.  Once retired, he went back to practicing law in Lamar, specializing in resource and corporate law.1

Between jobs Gordon was introduced to Welda O. Hall. They were wed in May of 1934.  Together, Gordon and Welda had two children, Roger and Gordon.2 Gordon Llewellyn Allot died in Englewood Colorado on January 17, 1989 at the age of 82.

 

The Gordon L. Allott Collection is a restricted collection requiring the permission of the Allott family before access can be provided. The collection remains in the order in which it was received.  The papers contain 900 linear feet of documents.

 

Series I consists of alphabetized correspondence and subject files regarding The Young Republican League of Colorado (1936-1942); The Young Republican Federation (1938); state correspondence (1946-1954); and Colorado county correspondence (1946-1954). Series II  consists of relating to the 84th Congress, including the following topics: Agriculture and Forestry, Armed Services, Appropriations, Banking and Currency, District of Columbia, Finance, Foreign Relations, Government Operations, Interior and Insular Affairs, Interstate and Foreign Commerce, Judiciary, Labor and Public Welfare, Post Office and Civil Service, Rules and Administration, Joint Committee on Atomic Energy, Department of Agriculture, Department of the Air Force, Department of the Army, Civil Aeronautics Board, Colorado, Colorado Water Projects, Government Procurement Bids & Contracts, HEW, Housing and Home Finance Agency, Department of the Interior, Interstate Commerce Commission, Department of Justice, Department of Labor, Department of the Navy, Office, Political, Positions, Post Office Department, State Department, Department of State, Department of Treasury, Veterans Admin., the White House, Allott, Patronage, Postal Patronage, and Correspondence.

 

In all, the Allott Papers are a deep and rich holding regarding Colorado Republican politics and policy from the 1930s to the 1970s. Numerous scholars and graduate students have researched the collection on topics such as Colorado environment, conservation, water resources, Republican ideology, and other subjects.

 


1 Professional information drawn from Who’s Who in America: with World Notables, v. 35, (1968-1969), (Chicago: A.N. Marquis, 1969) 71; http://bioguide.congress.gov/scripts/biodisplay.pl?index=A000161.

 

2 Bob Jain, (Private Citizen Allott Assesses His 18 Years in Senate), The Denver Post, Monday, Feb. 4, 1974, 15.