William J. Allen
(9 June, 1829 -- 26 January, 1901.) Allen was an American lawyer and politician.
Born in Wilson County, Tenn., Allen was admitted to the bar in 1849. Allen moved to Illinois in 1853 and was elected to the State senate in 1855. Allen was elected judge of the circuit court of the twenty-sixth judicial circuit on June 24, 1859, and served until 1861. In 1862, Allen was elected as a Democrat to the Thirty-seventh Congress to fill a vacancy and was later reelected to the Thirty-eighth Congress serving from June 2, 1862 to March 3, 1865.
[Source: 'Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1774- Present', available at http://bioguide.congress.gov/biosearch/biosearch.asp]
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