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James C. Allen

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James Cameron Allen
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Illinois's At-large district
In office
March 4, 1863 – March 3, 1865
Preceded by District created
Succeeded by Samuel W. Moulton
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Illinois's 7th district
In office
March 4, 1853 – July 18, 1856
Preceded by Richard Yates
Succeeded by Vacant
In office
November 4, 1856 – March 3, 1857
Preceded by Vacant
Succeeded by Aaron Shaw
Personal details
Born (1822-01-29)January 29, 1822
Shelby County, Kentucky
Died January 30, 1912(1912-01-30) (aged 90)
Olney, Illinois
Political party Democratic Party
Occupation Attorney, Judge

James Cameron Allen (January 29, 1822 – January 30, 1912) was a U.S. Representative from Illinois.

Born in Shelby County, Kentucky, Allen attended the public schools. He moved to Indiana in 1830. He studied law. He was admitted to the bar in 1843 and commenced practice in Sullivan, Indiana. He served as prosecuting attorney for the seventh judicial district of Indiana 1846-1848. He moved to Palestine, Illinois, in 1848 and continued the practice of law. He served as member of the State house of representatives in 1850 and 1851.

Allen was elected as a Democrat to the Thirty-third Congress (March 4, 1853-March 3, 1855). Presented credentials as a Member-elect to the Thirty-fourth Congress and served from March 4, 1855, to July 18, 1856, when the House decided he was not entitled to the seat.

Allen was subsequently elected to fill the vacancy thus caused and served from November 4, 1856, to March 3, 1857. He was not a candidate for renomination in 1856. Clerk of the House of Representatives in the Thirty-fifth Congress 1857-1859. He was an unsuccessful candidate for Governor in 1860.

Allen was elected circuit court judge in April 1861 and served until he resigned in 1863.

Allen was elected to the Thirty-eighth Congress (March 4, 1863-March 3, 1865). He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1864 to the Thirty-ninth Congress. He resumed the practice of law. He was reelected circuit court judge in 1873 and upon the establishment of the appellate court was appointed its judge, occupying both positions and serving from 1873 to 1879. He moved to Olney, Illinois, in 1876 and practiced law. He retired from the practice of his profession in 1907. He died in Olney, Illinois, January 30, 1912. He was interred in Olney Cemetery.


Preceded by
District elections
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Illinois's at-large congressional district

March 4, 1863 – March 3, 1865
Succeeded by
Samuel W. Moulton

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