Allen Ferdinand Owen

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Allen Ferdinand Owen (October 9, 1816 – April 7, 1865) was an American politician and lawyer who served in the United States Congress.

Owen was born near the Yadkin River in Wilkes County, North Carolina. He graduated from Franklin College at the University of Georgia in Athens where he was a member of the Phi Kappa Literary Society. He then graduated from Yale College in 1837, where he was a member of Skull and Bones,[1] and from the Dane Law School at Harvard University in 1839. He was admitted to the bar in Boston, Massachusetts in 1839 and began the practice of law in Talbotton, Georgia in 1840.

In 1843, Owen was elected to the Georgia House of Representatives and served in that position until 1847. The next year, he served as the clerk of the state House of Representatives and was delegate to the Whig National Convention.

Owen was elected as to U.S. House of Representatives as a Whig in 1848 serving one term from March 4, 1849 through March 3, 1851; however, he became associated with the Democratic party. After his congressional career, Owen was a consul in Havana, Cuba from May through December 1851 and then resumed the practice of law in Talbotton. He died in Upatoi in Muscogee County, Georgia in 1865 while visiting relatives and was buried in Oak Hill Cemetery in Talbotton.


  1. ^ Millegan, Kris (2003). "The Skeleton Crew". Fleshing Out Skull and Bones: Investigations into America's Most Powerful Secret Society. Walterville, OR: Trine Day. pp. 597–690. ISBN 0-9720207-2-1.  "This list is compiled from material from the Order of Skull and Bones membership books at Sterling Library, Yale University and other public records. The latest books available are the 1971 Living members and the 1973 Deceased Members books. The last year the members were published in the Yale Banner is 1969."

United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
John William Jones
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Georgia's 3rd congressional district

March 4, 1849 – March 3, 1851
Succeeded by
David J. Bailey