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Henry Clay Allen

Member From: 1875 - 1879

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  • Birth Date: March 19, 1838 Birth Place:Beaver Dam, Botetourt County, Virginia
  • Death Date: October 31, 1889
  • Gender: Male Race: Caucasian
  • Spouse: Julia McKay Gatewood
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  • Bio: Born at Beaver Dam, Botetourt County, Va., March 19, 1838. Died in Roanoke, Va., October 31, 1889. Buried in Woodstock, Shenandoah County, Va. Henry Clay Allen of Shenandoah County was the son of John James and Mary Payne (Jackson) Allen. He attended the University of Virginia, and studied law in his father”s office. He served in the Confederate Army and was at Gettysburg. He was elected county judge of Shenandoah County, April 7, 1870; member of the House of Delegates, 187579; and U. S. District Attorney during President Grover Cleveland”s administration, He married, January 24, 1867, Julia McKay Gatewood, daughter of John and Emily (Bare) Gatewood of Shenandoah County.

    While he was Speaker of the House, the Clerk was JOHN BELL BIGGER.
  • Other Notable Service and/or Elected Offices: Speaker of the House - 1877 - 1879
Session District District Number Party Leadership Committees
1875-1877 Shenandoah Democrat Courts of Justice
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1877-1879 Shenandoah Democrat Speaker of the House Rules (Chair)

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