A. Leonard Allen

Asa Leonard Allen ( * January 5, 1891 in Winnfield, Winn Parish, Louisiana; † January 5, 1969 ) was an American politician. Between 1937 and 1953 he represented the state of Louisiana in the U.S. House of Representatives.


Leonard Allen attended the public schools of his home and then studied until 1914 at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. He was then engaged himself for a few years as a teacher. Between 1914 and 1915 he taught at Georgetown High School and then to 1917 at the Verda High School. From 1917 to 1922 he was inspector in Winn Parish. After a subsequent study of law and its made ​​in 1922 admitted to the bar he began in Winnfield to work in his new profession. He was also a few years as a municipal attorney.

Politically, all member of the Democratic Party. In 1936 he was a delegate to the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, was nominated to the President Franklin D. Roosevelt for the second time as a presidential candidate. In the congressional elections of 1936 he was in the eighth election district of Louisiana in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he succeeded Cleveland Dear took up on January 3, 1937, who had no longer a candidate. After seven elections he could pass in Congress until January 3, 1953 eight contiguous legislatures. In this time of the Second World War and the beginning of the Cold War fell. Between 1943 and 1947, Allen was chairman of the Committee on Census.

In 1952, Allen opted not to run again. After his retirement from the U.S. House of Representatives he retired from politics and public life in retirement back. He died on January 5, 1969, his 78th birthday, and was buried in Winnfield.