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ALLISON, John, (son of James Allison, Jr.), a Representative from Pennsylvania; born in Beaver, Pa., August 5, 1812; attended the common schools; studied law; was admitted to the bar but did not practice extensively; engaged in the manufacture of hats; also operated a tannery; member of the State house of representatives in 1846, 1847, and 1849; elected as a Whig to the Thirty-second Congress (March 4, 1851-March 3, 1853); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1852 to the Thirty-third Congress; elected as an Opposition Party candidate to the Thirty-fourth Congress (March 4, 1855-March 3, 1857); declined to be a candidate for renomination in 1856; delegate to the Republican National Convention in 1856 and nominated Abraham Lincoln as a candidate for Vice President; also a delegate to the Republican National Convention at Chicago in 1860; appointed Register of the Treasury April 3, 1869, and served until his death in Washington, D.C., on March 23, 1878; interment in Beaver Cemetery, Beaver, Pa.

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External Research Collections

The Morgan Library and Museum

New York, NY
Papers: 1869, 1 item. A letter from John Allison, F.E. Spinner, A.Z. McCarty, and B. Pringle to E.R. Hoar, Attorney General. The letter was written on March 31, 1869. In the letter, David Barclay is recommended as a U.S. District Attorney.

University of California, Santa Barbara
Special Collections, Davidson Library

Santa Barbara, CA
Papers: 1858, 1 item. A letter from C. C. Washburn from Washington, D. C. to Will written on December 18, 1858. In the letter, Washburn acknowledges Will's favor of the 4th and to promise support for him over two other members of the 34th Congress, namely, Jim Thorington and John Allison. The letter states that if he doesn't support Will, it will not be because he doesn't like him.
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Bibliography / Further Reading

Allison, John. The slavery question. Speech of Hon. John Allison, of Pa., delivered in the House of representatives, April 1, 1856. [Washington, D.C.: Buell & Blanchard, printers, 1856].

------. The Summer assault. Speech of Hon. John Allison, of Pennsylvania, in the House of Representatives, July 11, 1856. Washington, D.C.: Buell & Blanchard, printers, 1856.

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