Heman Allen (of Milton)

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Heman Allen
Heman Allen of Milton (Vermont Congressman).jpg
From Volume II of 1905's Some of the Ancestors and Descendants of Samuel Converse
Member of the
United States House of Representatives
from Vermont's 4th district
In office
March 4, 1831 – March 3, 1839
Preceded byBenjamin Swift
Succeeded byJohn Smith
Member of the Vermont House of Representatives
In office
1810–1814
1816-1817
1822
1824–1826
Personal details
Born(1777-06-14)June 14, 1777
Ashfield, Massachusetts, U.S.
DiedDecember 11, 1844(1844-12-11) (aged 67)
Burlington, Vermont, U.S.
Political partyAnti-Jacksonian
Whig
Spouse(s)Sarah Ann "Sally" Prentis Allen[1]
ChildrenHeman Jr. Allen, Lucius Alle, George Allen, Sarah Allen, Charles Prentis Allen, Joseph William Allen, Julia Allen and James Heman Allen[2]
ProfessionPolitician, Lawyer

Heman Allen (June 14, 1777 – December 11, 1844) was an American lawyer and politician from Milton, Vermont. He served as a U.S. Representative.

Biography[edit]

Allen was born in Ashfield (now Deerfield, Massachusetts) to Enoch Allen and Mercy Belding Allen.[3] He attended an academy in Chesterfield, New Hampshire for two years before moving to Grand Isle, Vermont.

He read law with Elnathan Keyes of Burlington and Bates Turner of St. Albans. Allen was admitted to the bar in 1803.[4] He began the practice of law in Milton, and was the first resident lawyer in Milton.[5]

Allen served as a member of the Vermont House of Representatives from 1810 to 1814, 1816 to 1817, 1822, and 1824 to 1826.[6] He moved to Burlington in 1828 and continued the practice of law.

He was elected as an Anti-Jacksonian candidate to the Twenty-second, Twenty-third and the Twenty-fourth Congresses March 4, 1831 to March 3, 1837).[7] He was elected as a Whig candidate to the Twenty-fifth Congress, serving from March 4, 1837 until March 3, 1839.[8]

While in Congress, Allen served as chairman of the Committee on Expenditures in the Department of the Treasury during the Twenty-third through Twenty-fifth Congresses. He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1838 to the Twenty-sixth Congress. After leaving Congress, Allen resumed the practice of law. He was a director of the Lake Champlain Steamboat Company.[9]

Personal life[edit]

Allen married Sarah Ann "Sally" Prentis Allen on December 4, 1804. They had eight children; Heman Jr. Allen, Lucius Alle, George Allen, Sarah Allen, Charles Prentis Allen, Joseph William Allen, Julia Allen and James Heman Allen.[10]

Allen was the distant cousin of Heman Allen (of Colchester), United States Representative from Colchester, Vermont and America's first United States Minister Plenipotentiary to Chile.[11][12]

Death[edit]

Allen died in Burlington on December 11, 1844, and is interred at the Elmwood Avenue Cemetery in Burlington.[13][14]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Sarah Ann "Sally" Prentis Allen". Find A Grave. Retrieved December 7, 2012.
  2. ^ "Sarah Ann "Sally" Prentis Allen". Find A Grave. Retrieved December 7, 2012.
  3. ^ "Heman Allen". Ancestry.com. Retrieved December 7, 2012.
  4. ^ Vermont History. 1921. p. 81.
  5. ^ Duffy, John J. (2003). The Vermont Encyclopedia. UPNE. p. 38.
  6. ^ "Allen, Heman, of Milton (1777-1844)". The Political Graveyard. Retrieved December 7, 2012.
  7. ^ "ALLEN, Heman (of Milton), (1777 - 1844)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved December 7, 2012.
  8. ^ "Rep. Heman "of Milton" Allen". Govtrack.us. Retrieved December 7, 2012.
  9. ^ "Allen, H. (Heman), 1777-1844". New York State Library. Retrieved December 7, 2012.
  10. ^ "Sarah Ann "Sally" Prentis Allen". Find A Grave. Retrieved December 7, 2012.
  11. ^ Duffy, John J. (2003). The Vermont Encyclopedia. UPNE. p. 38.
  12. ^ "ALLEN, Heman (of Colchester), (1779 - 1852)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved December 7, 2012.
  13. ^ "Heman Allen". Find A Grave. Retrieved December 7, 2012.
  14. ^ "Heman Allen, Jr". Find A Grave. Retrieved December 7, 2012.

External links[edit]


U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Benjamin Swift
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Vermont's 4th congressional district

4 March 1831–3 March 1839
Succeeded by
John Smith

 This article incorporates public domain material from the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress website http://bioguide.congress.gov.