Robert Allen (Tennessee)

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Robert Allen
United States Representative
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Tennessee's 4th district
In office
March 3, 1819 – March 3, 1823
United States Representative
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Tennessee's 5th district
In office
March 3, 1823 – March 3, 1827
Personal details
Born (1778-06-19)June 19, 1778
Augusta County, Virginia
Died August 19, 1844(1844-08-19) (aged 66)
Spouse(s) Rebecca Greer Allen

Alethia Van Horn Allen

Children Eliza Allen

James Greer Allen

Tilman Dixon Allen

Caroline Walton Allen

Rebecca Greer Allen

Joseph Webster Allen

Robert Allen

George Campbell Allen

Mary Greer Allen

Archibald Van Horn Allen

David Burford Allen

William Rozin Allen

Alethia Beale Allen

John Q. Allen

Eliza Clarisa Allen

William B Allen

Virginia Dixon Allen

Alma mater William and Mary College
Profession lawyer

politician

Robert Allen (June 19, 1778 – August 19, 1844) was an American merchant and politician from Carthage, Tennessee. He represented Tennessee in the United States House of Representatives from 1819 until 1827.

Biography[edit]

Allen was born in Augusta County, Virginia, and attended schools there, culminating in William and Mary College. He married Rebecca Greer on August 1787 on December 28, 1803, in Jonesboro, Tennessee. After graduating from his law studies, he moved to Carthage, Tennessee and took up the Mercantile business as well as practicing as a lawyer in 1804.[1] He also served as Clerk of Smith County for many years.

Career[edit]

During the War of 1812, Allen served as a colonel under General Andrew Jackson. After the war, he was elected to the United States House of Representatives, serving four terms.[2] While there, he chaired the U.S. House Committee on Revolutionary Claims (regarding claims from the U.S. Revolutionary War). His wife, Rebecca died on March 29, 1822; and he married Alethia Van Horn on March 3, 1825.[3] He declined to stand for re-election in the 1826 elections, and retired to Tennessee at the end of the term. He was a delegate to the State convention in 1834.

Death[edit]

Allen engaged in farming and mercantile pursuits until his death in Carthage, Smith County, Tennessee, on August 19, 1844 (age 66 years, 61 days). He is interred at Cedar Grove Cemetery, Wilson County, Tennessee. He died at "Greenwood," his plantation near Carthage.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Robert Allen". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved 15 February 2013. 
  2. ^ "Robert Allen". Govtrack US Congress. Retrieved 15 February 2013. 
  3. ^ "Robert Allen". Genealogical Notes and Anecdotes: Descendants of Robert Allen. Retrieved 15 February 2013. 
  4. ^ "Robert Allen". The Political Graveyard. Retrieved 15 February 2013. 

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