The Road to Civil War

William Allen

(August 13, 1827 — July 6, 1881) William Allen, 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. [Source: “Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1774 - Present,” available at]

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