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Leo Elwood ALLEN

(1898-1973)

ALLEN, Leo Elwood, a Representative from Illinois; born in Elizabeth, Jo Daviess County, Ill., October 5, 1898; attended the public schools; during the First World War served as a sergeant in the One Hundred and Twenty-third Field Artillery 1917-1919; was graduated from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor in 1923; taught school at Galena, Ill., in 1922 and 1923; clerk of the circuit court of Jo Daviess County 1924-1932; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1930 and commenced practice in Galena, Ill.; elected as a Republican to the Seventy-third Congress and to the thirteen succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1933-January 3, 1961); chairman, Committee on Rules (Eightieth and Eighty-third Congresses); was not a candidate for renomination in 1960; retired and resided in Galena, Ill., where he died January 19, 1973; interment in Greenwood Cemetery.

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

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