Robert Allen (Tennessee)

Robert Allen ( * June 19, 1778 in Augusta County, Virginia; † August 19, 1844 in Carthage, Tennessee ) was an American politician. Between 1819 and 1827 he represented the state of Tennessee in the U.S. House of Representatives.


Robert Allen attended the public schools of his home and then the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg. After a subsequent study of law and qualifying as a lawyer, he began to work in his new profession. In 1804, Allen moved to Carthage, Tennessee, where he worked in the trade. He also spent many years working as a clerk in the administration of the Smith County. During the British - American War of 1812 he served as a colonel of a regiment of volunteers from Tennessee under the command of General Andrew Jackson.

Politically, all member of the Democratic- Republican Party. After its dissolution in the 1820s he joined the movement to his former commander Jackson, from which emerged the Democratic Party in 1828. In the state- wide discharged congressional elections of 1818 he was the first deputy seat of Tennessee in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he became the successor of Thomas Claiborne on March 4, 1819. After three re- elections, he was able to complete in Congress until March 3, 1827 four legislative sessions. These were overshadowed by the debate between supporters of President John Quincy Adams and those of Andrew Jackson in 1825. Since 1825 Allen took to succeed Jacob C. Isacks the fifth electoral district of his state. During this time he was also chairman of the committee that dealt with claims arising from the War of Independence in Congress.

1826 Allen waived on a bid again. After his retirement from the U.S. House of Representatives, he worked in Carthage in agriculture and trade. There he is on August 19, 1844 and passed away. He was buried in Lebanon.