Major H. Travis, 56, a national vice president of the American Federation of Government Employees, died Monday at his home in Washington after apparently suffering a heart attack.

He had served as the union's top elected official of the 14th District since 1973. The district includes federal and D.C. government employees in the Washington metropolitan area and is the second largest in the AFGE.

Mr. Travis, who had worked in the distribution of supplies at the Defense Department for 32 years, ahd long been active in Local 2 of the AFGE, which represents Pentagon employees.

He had been elected shop steward and president of the local and had headed contract negotiations and handled grievances at every level, taking them to the Pentagon agencies and up through the Civil Service Commission.

Mr. Travis, who had been a delegate to every AFGE national convention since 1966, also had been active in the National Capital Area Department, which is a confederatin of many of the locals within District 14.

He was a former first vice president and president of the department and had served as chairman of its committees on equal employment opportunity, constitution, legislation and resolutions.

In 1972, he was selected by Cornell University to attend the Wilhelm-Weinberg Labor Seminar.

He also had completed courses in labor relations at American and George Washington universities and at Federal City College. Born in Nanticoke, Md., Mr. Travis attended Princess Anne College on the Eastern Shore and A&T College in Greensboro N.C.

He was a member of several choral groups here and was active in Brown Memorial AME Church. He was a 32nd degree Mason and a Shriner.

He is survived by his wife, Birdie, of the home; a stepdaughter, Louise Dolores Young, of Upper Marlboro; a brother, Wesley Travis, of Clinton, N.J., and four grandchildren.