Littleberry Calhoun Allen, Jr. (February 8, 1921 – February 23, 1991) was a two-term Democratic mayor of Shreveport, Louisiana, the state's third largest city, from 1970-1978. From 1962-1970, he was the city's commissioner of public utilities. He also served some two months as a "District B" city council member after his election in the fall of 1990. The racially moderate Allen presided over a formerly segregated Shreveport, but there was much unrest in the black community during his tenure. Public Safety Commissioner George W. D'Artois had resigned in a swirl of corruption accusations though none reached directly to Allen. By the end of Allen's tenure, City Hall controversies produced a sense of stagnation even though Allen had worked for industrial development and public works projects, one of which bears his name.
The Allen family heritage
Allen preferred to use the first initial "L", rather than the unusual name "Littleberry." He was "Calhoun Allen" or "L. Calhoun Allen, Jr.," to the public, not "Littleberry Allen" or some other combination. "Littleberry" had been his grandfather, who was born in Virginia in 1862 and had relocated to Alabama and then to Shreveport near the end of the nineteenth century. Littleberry Calhoun Allen, who used the designation "L.C. Allen", was a businessman, a Shreveport city council member, a grand master of the Masonic lodge, and a Baptist, who staunchly opposed liquor use and sales to the extent that he would support Prohibition Party causes and candidates, rather than the heavily favored Democratic nominees. L.C. Allen established what became Allen Manufacturing Company and Caddo Lumber Company. Littleberry Allen had a son, L.C. Allen, Jr. Littleberry Allen died of Bright's disease early in the twentieth century. Therefore, L. Calhoun Allen was really L. Calhoun Allen, III, but he used "Jr.," instead because his contemporaries did not know his grandfather as "L.C. Allen, I." And Calhoun Allen named his son "L. Calhoun Allen, III".
Allen, a Shreveport native, was among the numerous graduates of C. E. Byrd High School (1938) who went on to stake out important political careers. For a time, the Episcopalian Allen attended the traditionally Jewish Tulane University in New Orleans. He graduated, however, from the Methodist-affiliated Centenary College in Shreveport. He also attended Louisiana State University law school in Baton Rouge. He was associated with Allen Construction Co. until he became utilities commissioner in 1962.
Mayor of Shreveport and a major figure in transitioning the city from racial tension of the 1960s to progressive business capital of Northwest Louisiana in the 1980s. L. Calhoun Allen Jr. Exposition Hall in Shreveport is named for him.
Allen served in the United States Navy from 1943-1946 (World War II service) and again form 1950-1954 during the Korean War. He retired with the rank of captain from the U.S. Naval Reserve after more than three decades of total service. He was a former member of the Council of the Navy League of the United States, the Naval Reserve Association, and the Reserve Officers Association. Allen was a past commander of the Lowe-McFarland American Legion post in Shreveport. And he was chairman of the naval affairs committee of the Louisiana American Legion.