William Allen


William Allen was an Democratic Representative, Senator and 31st Governor of Ohio. He moved to the U.S. state of Ohio after his parents died, residing in Chillicothe, Ohio. He was of Quaker ancestry, was admitted to the bar at 21, and began his career as politician in the Democratic Party at a young age. Allen supported "popular sovereignty" and the presidential candidacy of Lewis Cass, identifying himself as a "Peace Democrat" and opposing the U.S.… Read More

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1819 1812 Years Old Allen was born in Edenton, North Carolina and moved to Chillicothe, Ohio in 1819, after his parents' death. … Read More
1833 1826 Years Old Allen served as United States Representative from Ohio from 1833 to 1835, losing his bid for re-election.
1837 1830 Years Old He served as United States Senator from Ohio from 1837 to 1849, losing a bid for a third term in 1848. … Read More
1874 1867 Years Old Allen retired to his farm, "Fruit Hill", which had belonged to his father-in-law, and fellow Ohio Governor, Duncan McArthur, near Chillicothe, Ohio. Allen did not return to public service for nearly a quarter century, until he served as Governor of Ohio from 1874 to 1876.
1875 1868 Years Old He unsuccessfully sought a second two-year term in an 1875 election. … Read More
1879 1873 Years Old At the close of his administration, he retired to private life at Fruit Hill, where he died in 1879. … Read More
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