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Allen Ferdinand OWEN

(1816-1865)

OWEN, Allen Ferdinand, a Representative from Georgia; born on a plantation near the Yadkin River, Wilkes County, N.C., October 9, 1816; moved to Talbotton, Talbot County, Ga.; studied under private teachers; was graduated from Franklin College, Athens, Ga., from Yale College in 1837, and from the Dane Law School of Harvard University in 1839; was admitted to the bar at Boston in 1839 and commenced practice in Talbotton, Ga., in 1840; member of the State house of representatives 1843-1847; clerk of the State house of representatives in 1848; delegate to the Whig National Convention in 1848; elected as a Whig to the Thirty-first Congress (March 4, 1849-March 3, 1851); later became affiliated with the Democratic Party; consul at Habana, Cuba, from May to December 1851; resumed the practice of law in Talbotton, Ga.; died in Upatoi, Muscogee County, Ga., April 7, 1865, while on a visit with relatives; interment in Oak Hill Cemetery, Talbotton, Ga.

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

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