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ALLISON, William B., senator, born in Perry, Wayne County, O., 2 March 1829. He spent his early years on a farm, and was educated at Allegheny College, Pennsylvania, and Western Reserve College, Ohio. He studied law, and practiced in Ohio until 1857, when he went to Dubuque, Iowa. He was a delegate to the Chicago convention of 1860, a member of the governor's staff in 1861, and rendered valuable service in raising troops for the war. He was elected in 1862 to the 38th congress, as a republican, and returned for the three succeeding congresses, serving in the House of Representatives from 7 December 1863 till 3 March 1871. In 1873 he was elected to the United States senate, as a republican, for the term ending in 1879, and he has been twice reselected.
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