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ALLEN, Heman (of Colchester)

(1779—1852)


ALLEN, Heman (of Colchester), a Representative from Vermont; born in Poultney, Vt., February 23, 1779; attended the common schools; was graduated from Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., in 1795; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1801 and commenced practice in Colchester, Vt.; sheriff of Chittenden County in 1808 and 1809; chief justice of the county court 1811-1814; member of the State house of representatives 1812-1817; elected as a Republican to the Fifteenth Congress and served from March 4, 1817, to April 20, 1818, when he resigned to become marshal; appointed United States marshal for the district of Vermont on December 14, 1818, and reappointed on December 24, 1822; United States Minister Plenipotentiary to Chile from January 27, 1823, to July 31, 1827; president of the Burlington branch of the United States Bank from 1830 until the expiration of its charter in 1836; resumed the practice of his profession in Highgate, Franklin County, Vt., where he died April 7, 1852; interment in Allen Cemetery, Burlington, Vt.

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

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