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James ALLISON, Jr.

(1772-1854)

ALLISON, James, Jr., (father of John Allison), a Representative from Pennsylvania; born near Elkton, Cecil County, Md., October 4, 1772; moved with his parents to Washington County, Pa., in 1774; at seventeen years of age he enrolled in the school of David Johnson, of Beaver, Pa.; saw service in the Indian warfare at Yellow Creek, Bedford County, Pa.; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1796 and commenced practice in Washington, Pa.; returned to Beaver in 1803 and continued the practice of law until 1822, when he was elected to Congress; prosecuting attorney of Beaver County 1803-1809; elected as a Jackson Republican to the Eighteenth and a Jacksonian to the Nineteenth Congresses and served from March 4, 1823, until his resignation in 1825 before the assembling of the Nineteenth Congress; resumed the practice of law until 1848, after which he discontinued active pursuits and lived in retirement until his death in Beaver, Beaver County, Pa., June 17, 1854; interment in Old Cemetery.

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

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