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Joseph ALLEN

(1749-1827)

ALLEN, Joseph, (nephew of Samuel Adams), a Representative from Massachusetts; born in Boston, Mass., September 2, 1749; was graduated from Harvard College in 1774; engaged in business in Leicester, Mass.; moved to Worcester in 1776; member of the State constitutional convention of 1788; appointed clerk of the courts and held that office until 1810, when he resigned to serve in Congress; elected as a Federalist to the Eleventh Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Jabez Upham and served from October 8, 1810, to March 3, 1811; declined to be a candidate for reelection in 1810; State councilor from 1815 to 1818; died in Worcester, Mass., September 2, 1827; interment in Mechanic Street Burying Ground.

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

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