Former U.S. Rep. Armistead Selden Dies
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) _ Armistead I. Selden Jr., a former congressman, defense department official and ambassador, has died at the age of 64.
Selden died Thursday of brain cancer at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Birmingham.
″He was prepared,″ said his son, A. Inge Selden III. ″He had a tremendous life. He felt like he had done a lot of things most people don’t have the chance to do.″
Selden, 64, served in Congress as a Democrat from 1953 to 1969. He was a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee and chairman of the Subcommittee on Inter-American Affairs. He later switched to the Republican Party and ran unsuccessfully for the U.S. Senate in 1980.
He was principal deputy assistant secretary of defense from 1970 to 1972, and U.S. ambassador to New Zealand, Fiji, Tonga and Western Samoa from 1974 to 1979.