Edward P. Allen

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Edward P. Allen
Edward P. Allen.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Michigan's 2nd district
In office
March 4, 1887 – March 3, 1891
Preceded byNathaniel B. Eldredge
Succeeded byJames S. Gorman
Member of the Michigan House of Representatives
from the Washtenaw County 1st district
In office
January 1, 1877 – December 31, 1880
Mayor of Ypsilanti
In office
Preceded byDon Louis Davis
Succeeded byHenry R. Scoville
In office
Preceded byLambert A. Barnes
Succeeded byHenry R. Scoville
Personal details
Edward Payson Allen

(1839-10-28)October 28, 1839
Sharon Township, Michigan
DiedNovember 25, 1909(1909-11-25) (aged 70)
Ypsilanti, Michigan
Resting placeHighland Cemetery, Ypsilanti
Political partyRepublican
Alma materUniversity of Michigan Law School
Military service
Allegiance United States
Branch/serviceSeal of the United States Board of War and Ordnance.svg United States Army
Years of service1864–1865
Unit29th Michigan Volunteer Infantry Regiment
Battles/warsU.S. Civil War

Edward Payson Allen (October 28, 1839 – November 25, 1909) was a politician from the U.S. state of Michigan. He served two terms in the United States House of Representatives from 1887 to 1891.

Early years[edit]

Allen was born in Sharon Township, Michigan, on October 28, 1839, and attended the district and select schools.[1] Until his twentieth year his time was divided between farm labor in summer and attending and teaching school in winter.[1] He graduated from the State normal school (now Eastern Michigan University) in 1864, going thence to Vassar, Michigan, where for three months he taught the Union School.[1] In June, 1864, near the end of the American Civil War, Allen enlisted and helped to raise a company for the Twenty-ninth Regiment, Michigan Volunteer Infantry, he was commissioned first lieutenant in September 1864 and before the close of the war, he was promoted to a captaincy.[1] He mustered out with his regiment in September 1865.


Allen graduated from the law school of University of Michigan at Ann Arbor in March 1867 and was admitted to the bar, commenced practice in co-partnership with the Hon. B. M. Cutcheon in Ypsilanti.[1] He became assistant assessor of internal revenue in 1869 and prosecuting attorney of Washtenaw County in 1872. He was alderman of Ypsilanti 1872-1874 and was elected to the Michigan State House of Representatives in 1876 and again in 1878, at which time he was elected speaker pro tempore. He was mayor of Ypsilanti in 1880 and was appointed United States Indian agent for Michigan in August 1882, serving until December 1885.

Allen lost his first election for the United States House of Representatives in 1884. In 1886, Allen was elected as a Republican from Michigan's 2nd congressional district for the Fiftieth and Fifty-first Congresses, serving from March 4, 1887 to March 3, 1891. He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1890 to the Fifty-second Congress.

Allen grave

Last years[edit]

After leaving Congress, Allen resumed the practice of law and was a member of the State board of agriculture 1897-1903 and was again mayor of Ypsilanti in 1899 and 1900. He was a member of the State soldiers’ home board 1903-1909. Allen died from a stroke in Ypsilanti and is interred in Highland Cemetery there.



  1. ^ a b c d e Johnson 1906, p. 81


  • Wikisource This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainJohnson, Rossiter, ed. (1906). "Allen, Edward_P.". The Biographical Dictionary of America. 1. Boston: American Biographical Society. p. 81.

U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by United States Representative for the 2nd Congressional District of Michigan
1887– 1891
Succeeded by