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ALLEN, John Beard, 1845-1903
Senate Years of Service: 1889-1893
Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress
ALLEN, John Beard, a Delegate from the Territory of Washington and a Senator from Washington; born in Crawfordsville, Montgomery County, Ind., May 18, 1845; attended the public schools and Wabash College, Crawfordsville, Ind.; during the Civil War served as a private; moved to Rochester, Minn., in 1865 and engaged in business as a grain dealer; graduated from the law department of the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, and was admitted to the bar in 1869; moved to Washington Territory in 1870 and commenced the practice of law in Olympia; appointed United States attorney for the Territory of Washington by President Ulysses Grant and served from April 1875 to July 1885; reporter for the supreme court of the Territory 1878-1885; moved to Walla Walla in 1881; elected as a Republican Delegate to the Fifty-first Congress (March 4, 1889-November 11, 1889); when the Territory was admitted as a State, elected as a Republican to the United States Senate, and served from November 20, 1889, to March 3, 1893; the legislature failing to elect a Senator, was appointed by the Governor to serve in the Senate until March 20, 1893; presented his credentials as a Senator-designate in 1893, but was not permitted to qualify; moved to Seattle and resumed the practice of law; died in Seattle, Wash., January 28, 1903; interment in Lakeview Cemetery in Seattle.
Source: The Political Graveyard
Allen, John Beard (1845-1903) -- also known as John B. Allen -- Born in Crawfordsville, Montgomery County, Ind., May 18, 1845. Republican. Served in the Union Army during the Civil War; U.S. District Attorney for Washington, 1875-85; Delegate to U.S. Congress from Washington Territory, 1889; U.S. Senator from Washington, 1889-93. Died in Seattle, King County, Wash., January 28, 1903. Interment at Lake View Cemetery, Seattle, Wash.
Source: Daily News Review Jan 30 1903 -- Seattle, Washington, Jan 29 - John Beard Allen, formerly US Senator from Washington died suddenly last night at his home here of anging pectoris. Senator Allen was born in Crawfordsville, Indiana in 1845 and came West when a young man. He always had been prominent in republic politics in the Northwest. In 1888 he was elected territoria delegate to congress and on the admission of washington as a state in 1889 was chosen as one of the first US senators drawing the short term. In 1893 he was a candidate for reelection, but the legislature was deadlocked. He always had been prominently mentioned before subsequent legislatures as a candidate and had been receiving the support of a small number during the present session. He leaves a widow, two daughters and two sons.
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