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.