William Allen (congressman)

William Allen ( * August 13, 1827 in Hamilton, Ohio; † July 6, 1881 in Greenville, Ohio ) was an American politician. Between 1859 and 1863 he represented the state of Ohio in the U.S. House of Representatives.


William Allen attended the public schools of his home and then worked as a teacher. After a subsequent law studies and his 1849 was admitted to a lawyer, he began in 1850 to work in Greenville in this profession. Between 1850 and 1854 he served as a prosecutor in Darke County. Politically, he joined the first at the Democratic Party.

In the congressional elections of 1858 Allen was in the fourth electoral district of Ohio in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he became the successor of Matthias H. Nichols on March 4, 1859. After a re-election he was able to complete in Congress until March 3, 1863 two legislative sessions. These were shaped by the events before and at the beginning of the Civil War. Since 1861 Allen was chairman of the committee responsible for supervising the expenditure of the Ministry of Interior. In 1862 he gave up another candidacy.

After the end of his time in the U.S. House of Representatives Allen practiced as a lawyer again. He also went into the banking sector in the following years. In 1865, he joined the Republican Party. In the same year he was appeal judges in the second judicial district of his state. In 1878 he refused to be transferred to him the Republican nomination for the congressional health reasons. He died on July 6, 1881 in Greenville, where he was also buried.