Biography of Edward P. Allen
Monroe County, MI Biographies

EDWARD PAYSON ALLEN, of Ypsilanti, was born in Sharon, Washtenaw county, Michigan, October 28, 1839; worked on a farm until twenty years old, attending school and teaching during the winter; graduated from the State Normal School in March, 1864; taught the Union School in Vassar, Michigan, for three months following, when he enlisted and helped to raise a company for the Twenty Ninth Michigan Infantry; was commissioned first lieutenant in that regiment in the following September, and went with it southwest, where the regiment was engaged in active campaigning until the 1st of April; in September, 1865, was mustered out of the service with his regiment as captain; entered the law school at Ann Arbor, graduating in March, 1867; formed a partnership with Hon. S. M. Cutcheon; upon the removal of Mr. Cutcheon to Detroit, in 1875, he continued the practice alone at Ypsilanti; was elected alderman of Ypsilanti in 1872 and 1S74 and mayor in 1880; was prosecuting attorney of Washtenaw county in 1872; was elected to the lower house of the Legislature in 1876, serving as chairman of the Committee on Education; was again elected in 1878. at which time he was elected Speaker pro fern.; was appointed Assistant Assessor of Internal Revenue in 1869; was United States Indian Agent for Michigan in August, 1882, which office he held until December, 1885; ran for Congress in 1884, and was defeated by Colonel Eldredge, Democrat, and was elected to the Fiftieth Congress as a Republican, and reelected to the Fifty First Congress, receiving 19,660 votes to 18,096 votes for Willard Stearns, Democrat, 2,010 votes for C. M. Fellows, Prohibitionist, and 143 votes for John H. Hobart, Union Labor.

History of Monroe County, Michigan
Talcott E. Wing, Editor
Munsell & Company, Publishers
New York 1890.

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