Robert Allen (Virginia)

Robert Allen ( born July 30, 1794 in Woodstock, Virginia, † December 30, 1859 in Bedford County, Virginia ) was an American politician. Between 1827 and 1833 he represented the state of Virginia in the U.S. House of Representatives.


Robert Allen, the brother of Congressman John James Allen (1797-1871), attended the public schools of his native land and from then until 1812, the Dickinson College in Carlisle (Pennsylvania). This was followed up in 1815 to study at Washington College in Lexington, which later became Washington and Lee University. After that he worked in the Shenandoah County in agriculture. After studying law and qualifying as a lawyer, he started in Woodstock to work in this profession. In addition, he was district attorney in Shenandoah County for some time. In the 1820s he joined the movement to the future President Andrew Jackson and became a member of the Democratic Party, founded in 1828 by this. Between 1821 and 1826, he sat in the Senate of Virginia.

In the congressional elections of 1826 Allen was in the 17th electoral district of Virginia in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he became the successor of Alfred H. Powell on March 4, 1827. After two re- election he was able to complete in Congress until March 3, 1833 three legislative periods. Since the inauguration of President Jackson in 1829, was discussed inside and outside of Congress vehemently about its policy. It was about the controversial enforcement of the Indian Removal Act, the conflict with the State of South Carolina, which culminated in the Nullifikationskrise, and banking policy of the President. From 1831 to 1833 Allen headed the Committee on Accounts.

After the end of his time in the U.S. House of Representatives Robert Allen moved into the Bedford County, where he was engaged in agriculture. There he is on December 30, 1859 and passed away.