18 Facts About Allard Lowenstein


Allard Kenneth Lowenstein was an American Democratic politician who served as the U S representative for the 5th congressional district in Nassau County, New York, for one term from 1969 to 1971.

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Allard Lowenstein's mother died from breast cancer when he was very young, and his father remarried soon after.

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Allard Lowenstein was a graduate of the Horace Mann School in New York City and of the University of North Carolina.

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In 1949 Lowenstein worked as a special assistant on the staff of Senator Frank Porter Graham and was a foreign policy assistant on Senator Hubert H Humphrey's staff in 1959.

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In 1959, Allard Lowenstein made a clandestine tour of South-West Africa, now Namibia.

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In 1960 Allard Lowenstein was a delegate to the Democratic National Convention.

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In 1971, Allard Lowenstein became head of the Americans for Democratic Action and spearheaded the "Dump Nixon" movement, earning himself the number 7 spot on Nixon's Enemies List.

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In 1972, Lowenstein ran unsuccessfully for Congress in Brooklyn against Congressman John J Rooney, a conservative Democrat supported by the party "machine, " in the Democratic primary.

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President Carter appointed Allard Lowenstein as United States Representative to the United Nations Commission on Human Rights, and thus head of the United States delegation to the thirty-third regular annual session of the United Nations Commission on Human Rights in Geneva, Switzerland, in 1977.

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Allard Lowenstein served with the rank of ambassador from August 1977 to June 1978 in the capacity of alternate United States Representative for Special Political Affairs to the United Nations.

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Allard Lowenstein reportedly was Republican Donald Rumsfeld's "best friend in Congress" during Allard Lowenstein's term of office, the two having become good friends while serving as Congressional aides in the late 1950s.

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Allard Lowenstein was married to Jennifer Allard Lowenstein from 1966 to 1977, when they divorced, and the two had three children: Frank Graham, Thomas Kennedy, and Katharine Eleanor.

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Katharine Allard Lowenstein is a victims rights attorney and juvenile justice advocate.

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Thomas Allard Lowenstein founded and directs the New Orleans Journalism Project, and has worked with the New Orleans Innocence Project.

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Allard Lowenstein was known for his ability to attract energetic young volunteers for his political causes.

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The Allard Lowenstein Human Rights Clinic, an outgrowth of the Project, is a clinical course in which law students participate in legal and advocacy research and writing projects for academic credit.

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Allard Lowenstein's papers are held as a special collection of the Long Beach Public Library and offer much material relative to his activities and his times.

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In 1980, Allard Lowenstein received the Award for Greatest Public Service Benefiting the Disadvantaged, an award given out annually by Jefferson Awards.

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