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ALLEN, Heman (of Colchester)

1779–1852

Biography

ALLEN, Heman (of Colchester), a Representative from Vermont; born in Poultney, Vt., February 23, 1779; attended the common schools; was graduated from Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., in 1795; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1801 and commenced practice in Colchester, Vt.; sheriff of Chittenden County in 1808 and 1809; chief justice of the county court 1811-1814; member of the State house of representatives 1812-1817; elected as a Republican to the Fifteenth Congress and served from March 4, 1817, to April 20, 1818, when he resigned to become marshal; appointed United States marshal for the district of Vermont on December 14, 1818, and reappointed on December 24, 1822; United States Minister Plenipotentiary to Chile from January 27, 1823, to July 31, 1827; president of the Burlington branch of the United States Bank from 1830 until the expiration of its charter in 1836; resumed the practice of his profession in Highgate, Franklin County, Vt., where he died April 7, 1852; interment in Allen Cemetery, Burlington, Vt.

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

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External Research Collections

Columbia University
Rare Book and Manuscript Library

New York, NY
Papers: In the DeWitt Clinton Papers, 1785-1828, 9 linear feet. Correspondents include Heman Allen written on November 6, 1823. A finding aid is available in the repository.

Library of Congress
Manuscript Division

Washington, DC
Papers: In the Diplomatic Correspondence of the Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores, Chile, 1818-1825, 50 items. Subjects include Heman Allen.
Papers: In the Vermont Photostat Collection, 1774-1800, amount unknown. The collection includes photocopies of selections from the papers of Heman Allen.

Vermont Historical Society

Montpelier, VT
Papers: 1798-1878. 3 inches. Personal, business, and congressional papers and correspondence, including letter (1826) from Chile on revolution in Chile, Paraguay and Peru. Finding aid in repository.
Papers: In the Joseph Cleveland Carter papers, 1918-1985, 1.5 linear feet. Correspondents include Heman Allen.
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