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Amos Lawrence ALLEN

(1837-1911)

ALLEN, Amos Lawrence, a Representative from Maine; born in Waterboro, York County, Maine, March 17, 1837; attended the common schools, Whitestown Seminary, Whitestown, N.Y., and was graduated from Bowdoin College, Brunswick, Maine, in 1860; studied law at Columbian Law School, Washington, D.C.; was admitted to the bar of York County in 1866 but never practiced; served as a clerk in the United States Treasury Department 1867-1870; elected clerk of the courts for York County, Maine, in 1870, reelected three times, and served until January 1, 1883; member of the State house of representatives in 1886 and 1887; private secretary to Speaker Thomas B. Reed in Fifty-first, Fifty-fourth, and Fifty-fifth Congresses; delegate at large to the Republican National Convention at St. Louis in 1896; elected as a Republican to the Fifty-sixth Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Thomas B. Reed; reelected to the Fifty-seventh and to the four succeeding Congresses and served from November 6, 1899, until his death in Washington, D.C., February 20, 1911; interment in Evergreen Cemetery, Alfred, Maine.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present

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