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ALLEN, Heman, lawyer, born in Poultney, Vermont, 23 February 1779; died in Highgate, Vermont, 9 April 1852. He was graduated at Dartmouth College in 1795, and then studied law. During 1808-'9 he was sheriff of Chittenden County, Vermont, and from 1811 to 1814 chief justice of the county court. From 1812 to 1817 he was an active member of the state legislature, during which time he was appointed quartermaster of militia with the title of Brigadier-General. He was elected to congress in 1817. but resigned in 1818 to accept the appointment of United States marshal for the district of Vermont. He was appointed minister to Chili in 1823. When he called on Com. Hull to make his arrangements to sail with him in the frigate "United States " he met Mrs. Hull's sister Elizabeth, one of the "seven graces of Stratford," as the Misses Hart were called, and in two weeks they were married and sailed in the frigate with the gallant commodore and Mrs. Hull and Miss Jeannette Hart, who soon afterward made a conquest of General Bolivar, but refused his repeated offers of marriage. Mr. Allen continued in Chili as minister until 1827. In 1830 he was made president of the Burlington branch of the United States bank, which office lie filled until the expiration of its charter in 1836. He then settled in Highgate. and resided there until his death.
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