John Allison (Representative)

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John Allison
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 23rd district
In office
March 4, 1855 – March 3, 1857
Preceded byMichael C. Trout
Succeeded byWilliam Stewart
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 20th district
In office
March 4, 1851 – March 3, 1853
Preceded byRobert R. Reed
Succeeded byJohn L. Dawson
Member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives
In office
Personal details
Born(1812-08-05)August 5, 1812
Beaver, Pennsylvania
DiedApril 23, 1878(1878-04-23) (aged 65)
Political partyWhig, Oppositionist, Republican

John Allison (August 5, 1812 – March 23, 1878) was an American politician, most notably serving in the U.S. House as a Representative of Pennsylvania during the 1850s.[1]

Allison was born in Beaver, Pennsylvania and grew up to study law. He was the son of James Allison, Jr. He was admitted to the bar, but did not practice, instead establishing a hat factory. He served in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives in 1846, 1847, and 1849; he ran successfully for the U.S. House as a Whig in the 1850 election. He lost his bid for re-election in 1852, but won back the seat in 1854 as an Oppositionist. He then retired from the House in 1856.[1]

After retiring from the House, he was active in the politics of the nascent Republican Party; he served as a delegate to their 1856 convention, where he nominated Abraham Lincoln for Vice President.[1]

On April 3, 1869, Allison was appointed Register of the U.S. Treasury, a post he held until his death. He was interred in Beaver Cemetery.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d
    • United States Congress. "John Allison (id: A000158)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Robert R. Reed
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 20th congressional district

Succeeded by
John L. Dawson
Preceded by
Michael C. Trout
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 23rd congressional district

Succeeded by
William Stewart