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ALLEN, Elisha Hunt

1804–1883

Biography

ALLEN, Elisha Hunt, (son of Samuel Clesson Allen), a Representative from Maine; born in New Salem, Mass., January 28, 1804; attended New Salem Academy, and was graduated from Williams College, Williamstown, Mass., in 1823; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1825 and commenced practice in Brattleboro, Vt.; moved to Bangor, Maine, and continued the practice of law; member of the Maine house of representatives 1835-1840, serving as speaker in 1838; elected as a Whig to the Twenty-seventh Congress (March 4, 1841-March 3, 1843); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1842 to the Twenty-eighth Congress; again elected to the Maine house of representatives in 1846; moved to Boston, Mass., in 1847 and resumed the practice of his profession; elected to the Massachusetts house of representatives in 1849; appointed consul to Honolulu in 1850; was prominently connected with the government of the Hawaiian Islands as chief justice and regent, and as envoy to the United States in 1856 and 1864; served as minister from the Kingdom of Hawaii to the United States from 1869 until his sudden death January 1, 1883, while attending a diplomatic reception given by President Chester A. Arthur in the White House at Washington, D.C.; interment in Mount Auburn Cemetery, Cambridge, Mass.

View Record in the Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress

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External Research Collections

Library of Congress
Manuscript Division

Washington, DC
Papers: ca. 1849-1934, 3 linear feet.. The papers of Elisha Hunt Allen contain correspondence, including family correspondence and official letters (1877-1882) sent from the Hawaiian legation, speeches, notes, statistical tables, passports, invitations, awards, diplomas, miscellaneous printed matter, and photographs concerning Hawaiian economic and political conditions, sugar plantations and trade, Chinese labor, Hawaiian Supreme Court (of which Allen was chief justice), and the U.S.-Hawaiian Reciprocity Treaty of 1876. A finding aid is available in the library.

University of Hawaii at Manoa
Hamilton Main Library

Honolulu, HI
Microfilm: ca. 1849-1934, 4 microfilm reels. Microfilm of the original papers of Elisha Hunt Allen at the Library of Congress. The papers contain correspondence, including family correspondence and official letters (1877-1882) sent from the Hawaiian legation, speeches, notes, statistical tables, passports, invitations, awards, diplomas, miscellaneous printed matter, and photographs concerning Hawaiian economic and political conditions, sugar plantations and trade, Chinese labor, Hawaiian Supreme Court (of which Allen was chief justice), and the U.S.-Hawaiian Reciprocity Treaty of 1876. A finding aid is available in the library.
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Bibliography / Further Reading

Allen, Elisha Hunt. On the bill for the termination of the Hawaiian treaty (H. R. no. 2924). Washington: Government Printing Office, 1882.

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