William J. Allen
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William J. Allen
William Joshua Allen
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Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Illinois

April 18, 1887 - January 26, 1901
Grover Cleveland
Samuel Hubbel Treat Jr.
J. Otis Humphrey
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Illinois's 13th district

March 4, 1863 - March 3, 1865
District established
Andrew J. Kuykendall
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Illinois's 9th district

June 2, 1862 - March 3, 1863
John A. Logan
Lewis W. Ross
Member of the Illinois Senate

1855
Personal details
Born
William Joshua Allen

(1829-06-09)June 9, 1829
Wilson County, Tennessee
DiedJanuary 26, 1901(1901-01-26) (aged 71)
Hot Springs, Arkansas
Resting placeOak Ridge Cemetery
Springfield, Illinois
Political partyDemocratic
FatherWillis Allen
EducationUniversity of Louisville School of Law (LL.B.)

William Joshua Allen (June 9, 1829 - January 26, 1901) was a United States Representative from Illinois and a United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Illinois.

Education and career

Born on June 9, 1829, in Wilson County, Tennessee,[1] Allen moved with his father to Franklin County (now Williamson County), Illinois about 1830, and in 1839 settled in Marion, Illinois and attended the common schools.[2] He received a Bachelor of Laws in 1848 from the University of Louisville Law Department (now the University of Louisville School of Law.[1] He was an enrolling and engrossing clerk for the Illinois General Assembly in 1849 and 1851.[1] He was admitted to the bar and entered private practice in Metropolis, Illinois from 1849 to 1853.[1] He was prosecuting attorney for the Twenty-Sixth Judicial Circuit of Illinois from 1853 to 1854.[1] He resumed private practice in Marion from 1853 to 1862.[1] He was a member of the Illinois Senate in 1855.[1] He was the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois from 1855 to 1859.[1] He was a Judge of the Illinois Circuit Court for the Twenty-Sixth Judicial Circuit from 1859 to 1861.[1]

Congressional service

Allen was elected as a Democrat from Illinois's 9th congressional district to the United States House of Representatives of the 37th United States Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of United States Representative John A. Logan.[2] He was reelected from Illinois's 13th congressional district to the 38th United States Congress and served from June 2, 1862, to March 3, 1865.[2] He was not a candidate for reelection in 1864.[2]

Later career

Following his departure from Congress, Allen resumed private practice in Cairo, Illinois from 1865 to 1874, in Carbondale, Illinois from 1874 to 1886, and in Springfield, Illinois from 1886 to 1887.[1] He was a member of the Illinois state constitutional conventions in 1862 and 1870.[2] He was a delegate to all Democratic National Conventions from 1864 to 1888.[2]

Federal judicial service

Allen received a recess appointment from President Grover Cleveland on April 18, 1887, to a seat on the United States District Court for the Southern District of Illinois vacated by Judge Samuel Hubbel Treat Jr.[1] He was nominated to the same position by President Cleveland on December 20, 1887.[1] He was confirmed by the United States Senate on January 19, 1888, and received his commission the same day.[1] His service terminated on January 26, 1901, due to his death while on a visit to Hot Springs, Arkansas.[1] He was interred in Oak Ridge Cemetery in Springfield.[2]

Family

Allen was the son of Willis Allen, also a United States Representative from Illinois.[2]

References

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n William Joshua Allen at the Biographical Directory of Federal Judges, a public domain publication of the Federal Judicial Center.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h United States Congress. "William J. Allen (id: A000152)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.

Sources

U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
John A. Logan
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Illinois's 9th congressional district

1862-1863
Succeeded by
Lewis W. Ross
Preceded by
District established
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Illinois's 13th congressional district

1863-1865
Succeeded by
Andrew J. Kuykendall
Legal offices
Preceded by
Samuel Hubbel Treat Jr.

1887-1901
Succeeded by
J. Otis Humphrey

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