ALLEN, William (1827-1881)

ALLEN, WILLIAM, a Representative from Ohio; born near Hamilton, Butler County, Ohio, August 13, 1827; attended the public schools; taught school; studied law; admitted to the bar in 1849 and commenced practice in Greenville, Ohio, in 1850; prosecuting attorney of Darke County 1850-1854; elected as a Democrat to the Thirty-sixth and Thirty-seventh Congresses (March 4, 1859-March 3, 1863); chairman, Committee on Expenditures in the Department of the Interior (Thirty-seventh Congress); declined to be a candidate for renomination in 1862; resumed the practice of law; affiliated with the Republican Party at the close of the Civil War; appointed judge of the court of common pleas of the second judicial district in 1865; declined the Republican nomination for election to the Forty-sixth Congress in 1878 because of failing health; interested in banking until his death in Greenville, Darke County, Ohio, July 6, 1881; interment in Greenville Cemetery.

Library of Congress
Manuscript Division
Washington, DC
Papers: In the Robert R. Hitt Papers, 1830-1905, 2200 items.
The papers contain debates between Lyman Trumbull and William Allen from 1860.


Ohio Historical Society
Columbus, OH
Papers: In the Ohio Congressmen Papers, 1831-1884, 15 items.
The collection largely consists of sample official letters, mostly pertaining to appointments to the U. S. Naval Academy. Persons represented include William Allen.

  • Allen, William. Speech of Hon. William Allen of Ohio on the bankrupt law, delivered in the House of Representatives, January 22, 1863. Washington: N.p., 1863.
  • ------. Speech of Hon. William Allen of Ohio on the state of the Union, delivered in the House of Representatives, February 7, 1861. [Washington: McGill &Witherow, Printers, 1861].