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ALLEN, Elisha Hunt, statesman, born in New Salem, Massachusetts, 28 January 1804; died in Washington, District of Columbia. 1 January 1883. He was graduated at Williams College in 1823, and studied law under his father, Samuel C. Allen, and Charles Adams. In 1826 he was admitted to the bar, and began to practice at Brattleboro, but he soon removed to Bangor, Maine, where he was elected to the state legislature mid served continuously from 1834 to 1841, being speaker in 1838. In 1841 he was elected a representative to congress, but he was defeated by Hannibal Hamlin when a candidate for reeleciton. He removed to Boston in 1847, where he practiced law, and in 1849 was elected to the legislature. During the same year he was appointed consul at Honolulu, and subsequently he became prominent in the affairs of the Hawaiian government. He was minister of finance, and for twenty years was ehief justice of the kingdom. In 1856, 1864, 1870,
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