John W. Allen

John William Allen ( born August 1802 in Litchfield, Connecticut; † October 5, 1887 in Cleveland, Ohio ) was an American politician. Between 1837 and 1841 he represented the State of Ohio in the U.S. House of Representatives.


John W. Allen was the son of Congressman John Allen (1763-1812) of Connecticut. He attended preparatory schools. In 1818 he moved to the Chenango County in New York State, where he received a classical education. After a subsequent law degree in 1826 and its recent approval as a lawyer, he began to work in Cleveland in this profession. He got one in the banking and railroad business. Since 1832 he was a board member of the then founded Commercial Bank of Lake Erie. In 1834 he was one of the founders of the Cleveland & Newburg Railroad Co. Two years later he was also involved in the founding of the Ohio Railroad Co.. Politically, he joined the Whig party to. In 1836 and 1837 he sat in the Senate of Ohio.

In the congressional elections of 1836 Allen was in the 15th electoral district of Ohio in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he became the successor of Jonathan Sloane on March 4, 1837. After a re-election he was able to complete in Congress until March 3, 1841 two legislative sessions. In 1841 he gave up another candidacy.

After the end of his time in the U.S. House of Representatives Allen was elected in 1841 as the successor of Nicholas Dockstader mayor of Cleveland; In 1845 he became president of the Cleveland, Columbus and Cincinnati Railroad. In 1847 he was a delegate at the first conference to improve to improve the ports and river navigation ( First convention on river and harbor improvement ) in Chicago. After the dissolution of the Whigs, he joined the Republican Party. From 1870 to 1875 he served as postmaster in Cleveland. He was also one of the first Bank Commissioner of the State Government of Ohio. He died on October 5, 1887 in Cleveland, where he was also buried.