Edward P. Allen

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Edward P. Allen
Edward P. Allen.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Michigan's 2nd district
In office
March 4, 1887 – March 3, 1891
Preceded by Nathaniel B. Eldredge
Succeeded by James S. Gorman
Member of the Michigan House of Representatives
from the Washtenaw County 1st district
In office
January 1, 1877 – December 31, 1880
Mayor of Ypsilanti
In office
Preceded by Don Louis Davis
Succeeded by Henry R. Scoville
In office
Preceded by Lambert A. Barnes
Succeeded by Henry R. Scoville
Personal details
Born Edward Payson Allen
(1839-10-28)October 28, 1839
Sharon Township, Michigan
Died November 25, 1909(1909-11-25) (aged 70)
Ypsilanti, Michigan
Resting place Highland Cemetery, Ypsilanti
Political party Republican
Military service
Allegiance  United States of America
Service/branch Seal of the United States Board of War and Ordnance.png United States Army
Years of service 1864–1865
Rank Captain
Unit 29th Michigan Volunteer Infantry Regiment
Battles/wars Civil War

Edward Payson Allen (October 28, 1839 – November 25, 1909) was a politician from the U.S. state of Michigan.


Allen was born in Sharon Township, Michigan and attended the district and select schools. He graduated from the State normal school (now Eastern Michigan University) in 1864. After graduating near the end of the American Civil War, Allen enlisted and helped to raise a company for the Twenty-ninth Regiment, Michigan Volunteer Infantry. He was commissioned first lieutenant in September 1864 and later, captain. He mustered out with his regiment in September 1865.

Allen grave

Allen graduated from the law school of University of Michigan at Ann Arbor in March 1867 and was admitted to the bar. He commenced practice in Ypsilanti. He became assistant assessor of internal revenue in 1869 and prosecuting attorney of Washtenaw County in 1872. He was alderman of Ypsilanti 1872-1874 and was elected to the Michigan State House of Representatives in 1876 and again in 1878, at which time he was elected speaker pro tempore. He was mayor of Ypsilanti in 1880 and was appointed United States Indian agent for Michigan in August 1882, serving until December 1885.

Allen lost his first election for the United States House of Representatives in 1884. In 1886, Allen was elected as a Republican from Michigan's 2nd congressional district for the Fiftieth and Fifty-first Congresses, serving from March 4, 1887 to March 3, 1891. He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1890 to the Fifty-second Congress.

After leaving Congress, Allen resumed the practice of law and was a member of the State board of agriculture 1897-1903 and was again mayor of Ypsilanti in 1899 and 1900. He was a member of the State soldiers’ home board 1903-1909. Allen died from a stroke in Ypsilanti and is interred in Highland Cemetery there.


  • United States Congress. "Edward P. Allen (id: A000119)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved on 2009-04-11
  • The Political Graveyard
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Nathaniel B. Eldredge
United States Representative for the 2nd Congressional District of Michigan
1887– 1891
Succeeded by
James S. Gorman