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Governor William Allen

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Office Dates:  Jan 12, 1874 - Jan 10, 1876

Born:  Dec 18, 1803

Passed:  Jul 11, 1879

Birth State:  North Carolina

Party:  Democratic

Family:  Married Effie McArthur Coons; one child

National Office(s) Served:  Representative, Senator

WILLIAM ALLEN, the thirty-first governor of Ohio, was born in Edenton, North Carolina in 1803. His education was attained at the Chillicothe Academy in Ohio. He went on to study law, and then established his legal career in Chillicothe. Allen first entered politics as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives, a position he won election to in 1834. He also served as a member of the U.S. Senate from 1837 to 1849. He next secured the Democratic gubernatorial nomination, and was elected governor by a popular vote in the 1873 general election. During his tenure, the tax levy was reduced; state spending was cut; and a railroad and coal strike were both successfully dealt with. After running unsuccessfully for reelection, Allen retired from political life. He continued to stay active in his farming and legal interests. Governor William Allen passed away on July 11, 1879, and was buried in the Grand View Cemetery in Chillicothe, Ohio.

*Note: date of birth is either 18 or 27.


Sobel, Robert, and John Raimo, eds. Biographical Directory of the Governors of the United States, 1789-1978, Vol. 3, Westport, Conn.; Meckler Books, 1978. 4 vols.

Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress

The Ohio Historical Center