Albert S. Herlong, Jr.

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Albert S. Herlong, Jr.
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Florida's 4th district
In office
January 3, 1967 – January 3, 1969
Preceded by Dante Fascell
Succeeded by William V. Chappell, Jr.
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Florida's 5th district
In office
January 3, 1949 – January 3, 1967
Preceded by Joe Hendricks
Succeeded by Edward Gurney
Personal details
Born February 14, 1909
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Political party Democratic

Albert Sydney Herlong, Jr. (February 14, 1909 – December 27, 1995) was a U.S. Representative from Florida.


Herlong was born in the small community of Manistee, Alabama in 1909, and moved with his parents to Marion County, Florida in 1912. He attended the public schools of Sumter and Lake counties and graduated from Leesburg High School in Leesburg, Florida. Herlong attended the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida, where he was a member of Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity (Alpha Epsilon Chapter), and graduated in 1930. He was admitted to The Florida Bar in 1930 and started his law practice in Leesburg.

Early political career

Herlong was elected county judge of Lake County, Florida, and served from 1937 to 1949. He served as city attorney of Leesburg from 1946 to 1948. He held a reserve commission as captain in the U.S. Army and was called to active duty in the Judge Advocate General's Department in August 1941. He was discharged in 1942 due to physical disability. He served two enlistments in the Florida State Guard. He served as president of the Florida State Baseball League in 1947 and 1948.[1]

Career in Congress

Herlong was elected as a Democrat to the Eighty-first and to the nine succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1949 – January 3, 1969).

Herlong was a signatory to the 1956 Southern Manifesto that opposed the desegregation of public schools ordered by the Supreme Court in Brown v. Board of Education.

In Congress, Herlong was noted for his anti-communist advocacy. In 1959, Herlong introduced a bill to establish a federally funded Freedom Academy that would counter-act foreign countries' Communist propaganda. On January 10, 1963, Herlong delivered a speech into the Congressional Record outlining what he believed were 45 goals of communism from the book The Naked Communist by W. Cleon Skousen.[2]

Post-Congressional career

He was not a candidate for reelection in 1968 to the Ninety-first Congress. He resumed his practice of law, and was appointed as a member of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in 1969,[3] and served until 1973.

Personal life and death

Herlong died December 27, 1995 at his home in Leesburg, Florida. He was married and had four daughters, Sydney, Dorothy, Mary Alice, and Margaret.

See also


  1. "Bill in Congress Proposes to Bar Anti-Trust Prosecution of Sports," The New York Times, p. S40 (April 5, 1949). Retrieved August 7, 2010.
  2. Current Communist Goals. Congressional Record--Appendix, pp. A34-A35. January 10, 1963.
  3. Associated Press, "S.E.C. Member is Sworn," The New York Times, p. 72 (October 30, 1969). Retrieved August 7, 2010.

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Florida's 5th congressional district

January 3, 1949 – January 3, 1967
Succeeded by
Edward Gurney
Preceded by Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Florida's 4th congressional district

January 3, 1967 – January 3, 1969
Succeeded by
William V. Chappell, Jr.

 This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.