Papers, 1805-1848 [microform]

Allen, H. (Heman), 1777-1844


By type of material and thereunder chronological.
The papers of Heman Allen consist of business and personal correspondence, notes, and receipts for the years 1805-1848. Amongst the correspondence is an interesting number of political letters from various members of Vermont's congressional delegation which reveal the political flavor of the times. Correspondents of note include Horace Everett, Samuel Prentiss, Benjamin Swift, Daniel Chipman, Hiland Hall, Augustus Young, Phineas White, and Isaac Tichenor. A number of national figures are represented as well including Secretary of War Joel Roberts Poinsett, New Jersey Governor Mahlon Dickerson, and 1st Assistant Postmaster General Selah Reeve Hobbie.
Heman Allen was born June 14, 1777, in Ashfield (now Deerfield), MA, the third of eight children of Enoch and Mercy (Belding) Allen. After receiving a classical course of study Allen read law with Elnathan Keyes of Burlington and Hon. Judge Parker of St. Albans before he took up his own practice in Milton in 1803. In December of 1804 Allen married Sarah, daughter of Dr. John Prentiss of St. Albans, who bore him eight children.
A highly respected lawyer, Allen was elected to represent Milton to the Vermont legislature eleven times from 1810-1826. Allen moved to Burlington in 1828 and in 1831 was elected to the U.S. House where he served in the 22nd-25th (1831-1839) Congresses. He was a director of the Lake Champlain Steamboat Company and was outspoken on many current issues such as the abolition of slavery and the Neutrality Act of 1837. Heman Allen died in Burlington, VT on December 11, 1844.
Henry Stevens Collection, Heman Allen Papers. [microform].
Location of originals: Vermont State Archives, Pavillion Office Building, Montpelier, Vt. 05602-2710.
Unpublished guide available in repository.
Forms part of: Henry Stevens Collection. [microform].

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