Howell Thomas Heflin of Alabama was one of the last of the Roosevelt-style Southern progressive Democrats to serve in the United States Senate. He is also one of the few politicians in recent history to have spent a career in the public eye and retired with his integrity intact. This carefully researched authorized biography details the life of a man who grew up the son of a Methodist minister, graduated from a liberal arts college, became a highly decorated combat Marine in World War II, and then turned to the family businesses of law and politics. He served as chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court before going to the Senate, where he remained for 18 years. A large, folksy man, his engaging personal style masked a keen mind and political cunning that served him well in Washington and made him friends on both sides of the aisle.
Howell Heflin’s life has been that of a warm-hearted giant who excels as a Marine, a lawyer, judge, and U. S. Senator, and helps bring Alabama into mainstream America. John and Clara Ruth Hayman have done a masterful job in presenting his story.
—Sheyann Webb, author of Selma, Lord, Selma and The Judge
Heflin’s life exemplifies statesmanship at its finest, particularly his efforts to reform the antiquated and racist Alabama judicial system. Alabamians owe a great debt to Judge Heflin.
—Robert A. Schaefer Jr., associate professor of political science, University of Mobile
Outstanding lawyer, outstanding judge, outstanding United States Senator—Howell Heflin symbolizes the very best in public service. He rose to become a powerful force for progress, racial justice, and civil rights, and one of the most respected Senators in history. His story should be required reading for all citizens who believe that one person can make a difference.
—The Honorable Edward M. Kennedy
Howell Heflin’s political and judicial careers, at the state and federal levels, were marked by remarkable character and ability. He provided a standard by which our country’s leaders should be judged. The Haymans’ biography is a welcome addition to Alabama, Southern, and national history.
—John Kent Folmar, emeritus professor of history, California University of Pennsylvania