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Peterson Bryant (Pete) Jarman (October 31, 1892 – February 17, 1955) was a U.S. Representative from Alabama.

Pete Jarman
33rd Secretary of State of Alabama
In office
Preceded byJohn Marvin Brandon
Succeeded byDavid Howell Turner
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Alabama's 6th district
In office
January 3, 1937 – January 3, 1949
Preceded byWilliam B. Oliver
Succeeded byEdward deGraffenried
United States Ambassador to Australia
In office
Appointed byHarry S. Truman
Preceded byMyron M. Cowen
Succeeded byAmos J. Peaslee
Personal details
Peterson Bryant Jarman

(1892-10-31)October 31, 1892
Greensboro, Alabama, U.S.
DiedFebruary 17, 1955(1955-02-17) (aged 62)
Washington, D.C., U.S.
Resting placeArlington National Cemetery
Political partyDemocratic

Early lifeEdit

Born in Greensboro, Alabama, Jarman attended the public schools, the Normal College, Livingston, Alabama, and Southern University, Greensboro, Alabama. He graduated from the University of Alabama in 1913, and attended the University of Montpellier, France, in 1919, after which he served as clerk in probate office in Sumter County, Alabama from 1913 to 1917.

Military careerEdit

During the First World War, Jarman served overseas as second and first lieutenant in the Three Hundred and Twenty-seventh Infantry. He served in the Alabama National Guard as inspector general with rank of major in 1922–1924, and as division inspector of the Thirty-first Infantry Division with rank of lieutenant colonel in 1924–1940.

Political careerEdit

Jarman served as assistant State examiner of accounts in 1919–1930, and as Secretary of State of Alabama in 1931–1934. He served as assistant State comptroller in 1935 and 1936. He was a member of the State Democratic executive committee of Alabama in 1927–1930.

Jarman was elected as a Democrat to the Seventy-fifth and to the five succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1937 – January 3, 1949). He served as chairman of the Committee on Memorials (Seventy-fifth Congress). He was an unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1948.

A confidential 1943 analysis of the House Foreign Affairs Committee by Isaiah Berlin for the British Foreign Office described Jarman as[1]

A big, good-natured Rotarian type of man who has always supported the Administration's foreign policies to the full. Is reputedly pro-British and is likely to back any international post-war attempts by the Administration, although he is no out-and-out New Dealer.

He was appointed by President Harry S. Truman as Ambassador to Australia on June 8, 1949, and served until July 31, 1953. He died in Washington, D.C. on February 17, 1955, and was interred in Arlington National Cemetery.


  1. ^ Hachey, Thomas E. (Winter 1973–1974). "American Profiles on Capitol Hill: A Confidential Study for the British Foreign Office in 1943" (PDF). Wisconsin Magazine of History. 57 (2): 141–153. JSTOR 4634869. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2013-10-21.

External linksEdit

  This article incorporates public domain material from the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress website

Political offices
Preceded by
John Marvin Brandon
Secretary of State of Alabama
Succeeded by
David Howell Turner
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
William B. Oliver
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Alabama's 6th congressional district

Succeeded by
Edward deGraffenried
Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Myron M. Cowen
United States Ambassador to Australia
Succeeded by
Amos J. Peaslee