ALLEN, Heman (of Colchester) (1779-1852)

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.

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.