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ALLEN, John, (father of John William Allen), a Representative from Connecticut; born in Great Barrington, Mass., June 12, 1763; attended the common schools; studied law at the Litchfield Law School; was admitted to the bar in 1786 and commenced practice in Litchfield, Conn.; member of the State house of representatives 1793-1796, serving as clerk in 1796; elected as a Federalist to the Fifth Congress (March 4, 1797-March 3, 1799); declined to be a candidate for renomination in 1798; member of the State council and of the supreme court of errors 1800-1806; continued the practice of law in Litchfield, Conn., until his death on July 31, 1812; interment in East Cemetery.

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

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External Research Collections

Connecticut Historical Society

Hartford, CT
Papers: 4 letters (1797, 1799) in the Uriel Holmes papers. One letter relates in part to the Western Reserve. Card index in library.
Papers: 2 letters (1799, 1802) in the Jonathan Trumbull, Jr. papers. Card index in library.

Litchfield Historical Society

Litchfield, CT
Papers: 1793-1806. 17 cards. Personal, business, and congressional papers and correspondence. Finding aid in repository.
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Bibliography / Further Reading

Allen, John. Speech of John Allen, Esqr. in the House of Representatives, Friday, the 20th day of April, 1798: relative to employing the armed vessels as convoys. Philadelphia: Published by William Cobbett, May 3, 1798.

------. Speech, of the Hon. John Allen ... in the House of Representatives of the United States; in committee of the whole on the state of the Union. April 20, 1798. Albany: Printed by C. R. & G. Webster, [1798?].

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