William Franklin ALLEN, Congress, DE (1883-1946)


ALLEN, William Franklin, a Representative from Delaware; born in Bridgeville, Sussex County, Del., January 19, 1883; attended the public schools at Bridgeville, and Laurel, Del.; moved to Seaford, Del., and was employed as an agent and train dispatcher by a railroad company 1902-1922; served as school commissioner at Seaford, Del., 1920-1924; delegate to the Democratic National Convention at San Francisco, Calif., in 1920; member of the State senate 1925-1929, serving as president pro tempore in 1927; engaged in the manufacture of fruit packages and in the packing and shipping of farm products in 1926; also engaged in the brokerage of oil and petroleum in 1926; elected as a Democrat to the Seventy-fifth Congress (January 3, 1937-January 3, 1939); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1938 to the Seventy-sixth Congress; resumed the oil and gasoline distribution business; died in a hospital at Lewes, Del., June 14, 1946; interment in Odd Fellows Cemetery, Seaford, Del.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present