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James Cameron ALLEN

(1822-1912)

ALLEN, James Cameron, a Representative from Illinois; born in Shelby County, Ky., January 29, 1822; attended the public schools; moved to Indiana in 1830; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1843 and commenced practice in Sullivan, Ind.; prosecuting attorney for the seventh judicial district of Indiana 1846-1848; moved to Palestine, Ill., in 1848 and continued the practice of law; member of the State house of representatives in 1850 and 1851; elected as a Democrat to the Thirty-third Congress (March 4, 1853-March 3, 1855); presented credentials as a Member-elect to the Thirty-fourth Congress and served from March 4, 1855, to July 18, 1856, when the House decided he was not entitled to the seat; subsequently elected to fill the vacancy thus caused and served from November 4, 1856, to March 3, 1857; was not a candidate for renomination in 1856; Clerk of the House of Representatives in the Thirty-fifth Congress 1857-1859; unsuccessful candidate for Governor in 1860; elected circuit court judge in April 1861 and served until he resigned in 1863; elected to the Thirty-eighth Congress (March 4, 1863-March 3, 1865); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1864 to the Thirty-ninth Congress; resumed the practice of law; reelected circuit court judge in 1873 and upon the establishment of the appellate court was appointed its judge, occupying both positions and serving from 1873 to 1879; moved to Olney, Richland County, Ill., in 1876 and practiced law; retired from the practice of his profession in 1907; died in Olney, Ill., January 30, 1912; interment in Olney Cemetery.

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

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