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ALLEN, William Franklin

ALLEN, William Franklin
Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives
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ALLEN, William Franklin, A Representative from Delaware; born in Bridgeville, Sussex County, Del., January 19, 1883; attended the public schools at Bridgeville, and Laurel, Del.; moved to Seaford, Del., and was employed as an agent and train dispatcher by a railroad company 1902-1922; served as school commissioner at Seaford, Del., 1920-1924; delegate to the Democratic National Convention at San Francisco, Calif., in 1920; member of the State senate 1925-1929, serving as president pro tempore in 1927; engaged in the manufacture of fruit packages and in the packing and shipping of farm products in 1926; also engaged in the brokerage of oil and petroleum in 1926; elected as a Democrat to the Seventy-fifth Congress (January 3, 1937-January 3, 1939); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1938 to the Seventy-sixth Congress; resumed the oil and gasoline distribution business; died in a hospital at Lewes, Del., June 14, 1946; interment in Odd Fellows Cemetery, Seaford, Del.

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

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External Research Collections

University of Delaware
Hugh M. Morris Library

Newark, DE
Papers: In the William F. Allen scrapbooks, 1830-1946, 2 volumes. Two scrapbooks chronicling William Franklin Allen's 1937-1938 term in the U. S. House of Representatives for the state of Delaware, as well as his business affairs in Seaford, Delaware.
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