ALLEN, Thomas

1813–1882

Biography

ALLEN, Thomas, a Representative from Missouri; born in Pittsfield, Mass., August 29, 1813; attended Pittsfield Academy and Berkshire Gymnasium; was graduated from Union College in 1832; studied law in New York City; was admitted to the bar in 1835 and commenced practice in New York City in 1832; moved to Washington, D.C., and established the Madisonian in 1837; printer to the House of Representatives 1837-1839; printer to the United States Senate 1839-1842; moved to St. Louis, Mo., in 1842; member of the State senate 1850-1854; was a contractor upon internal improvements and projected and built more than 1,000 miles of railway; in 1852 took the first steam locomotive across the Mississippi River; president of the St. Louis, Iron Mountain & Southern Railway, but subsequently sold all his railway interests and retired from active pursuits; elected as a Democrat to the Forty-seventh Congress and served from March 4, 1881, until his death in Washington, D.C., April 8, 1882; interment in Pittsfield Cemetery, Pittsfield, Mass.

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

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External Research Collections

Boston Public Library

Boston, MA
Papers: 1 letter.

Columbia University
Rare Book and Manuscript Library

New York, NY
Papers: 1 letter (April 8, 1872) in the F.A.P. Barnard collection.
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Bibliography / Further Reading

Allen, Thomas. A pamphlet, on private property west of the Mississippi, protected by the treaty of Paris of 1803. Washington: N.p., 1844.

------. Address of Hon. Thos. Allen. Philadelphia: Printed for the Missouri commission, 1876.

------. Japan, and the expedition thereto of the United State. St. Louis: Printed at the Missouri Republican office, 1853.

Jenkins, Jonathan Leavitt. A sermon, preached at the funeral of Hon. Thomas Allen, in the First church, Pittsfield, Mass., April 11, 1882. Pittsfield, Mass.: The Sun printing company, 1882.

United States. Congress (47th, 1st session : 1881-1882). Memorial addresses on the life and character of Thomas Allen, (a representative from Missouri), delivered in the House of representatives and in the Senate, Forty-seventh Congress, first session. Washington: Government Printing Office, 1884.

Weaver, William A. Reply to a pamphlet by Thomas Allen: entitled, an "Examination of the case presented to Congress by Blair & Rives, in relation to the compendium of the sixth census, together with the testimony taken before the Committee of Claims, and other papers": with a further examination of the same case, and the principal part of the testimony taken before the select committee composed of Messrs. Hopkins, Davis, Proffit, Medill, and Irwin: together with other official papers and documents pertaining to a former naval court martial. Washington: N.p., 1842.

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