Monday, January 2, 2012

Leo E. Allen, A Modern-Era Politician


Throughout the early life of this blog we have reflected on Civil War era history, before I have the chance to research more in-depth, I thought I would give you a few more biographical sketches.  This one is on a recent politician, Leo E. Allen. 
Leo Elwood Allen (October 5, 1898 – January 19, 1973), American politician, was a Republican member of the United States House of Representatives for fourteen terms, 1933–1961, representing the 13th District of Illinois 1933–1949, and the 16th District of Illinois 1949–1961. He was born in Elizabeth, Illinois and was educated at University of Michigan. Allen was the Jo Daviess County, Illinois Court clerk and also taught school in Galena and practiced law before being elected to the 73rd Congress as a Republican and to the thirteen succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1933-January 3, 1961); chairman, Committee on Rules (Eightieth and Eighty-third Congresses); was not a candidate for renomination in 1960.  Leo Allen missed 61 (2%) of 2,461 roll call votes between Mar 9, 1933 and Aug 31, 1960.
In 1941, Allen voted Yes for War with Japan and No for War against Germany.  Also, in 1941, he voted no for the amendment to the Neutrality Act of 1940, which would have opened up even greater talks of Internment.
Allen retired to Galena and is buried in Greenwood Cemetery (Galena, Illinois).

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