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John Clayton ALLEN

(1860-1939)

ALLEN, John Clayton, a Representative from Illinois; born in Hinesburg, Chittenden County, Vt., February 14, 1860; attended the common schools and Beeman Academy, New Haven, Vt.; moved to Lincoln, Nebr., in 1881, and to McCook, Redwillow County, Nebr., in 1886 and engaged in mercantile pursuits at both places; member of the McCook City Council 1887-1889; mayor of McCook, Nebr., in 1890; secretary of state of Nebraska 1891-1895; moved to Monmouth, Warren County, Ill., in 1896 and became president of the John C. Allen Co. department store and of the People’s National Bank of Monmouth; member of the State normal school board 1917-1927; elected as a Republican to the Sixty-ninth and to the three succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1925-March 3, 1933); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1932 to the Seventy-third Congress and for election in 1934 to the Seventy-fourth Congress; resumed his former business pursuits in Monmouth, Ill., until his death there on January 12, 1939; interment in Vermont Cemetery, Vermont, Ill.

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

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