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Henry Justin Allen

Birthdate: (81)
Birthplace: Warren County, Pennsylvania, United States
Death: January 17, 1950 (81)
Wichita, Sedgwick, Kansas, United States
Place of Burial: Wichita, Sedgwick County, Kansas, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of John Allen, Jr. and Rebecca Elizabeth Allen
Husband of Elsie Jane Allen
Father of Frederick Earl Allen; Catherine Allen; Henrietta Holmes and Justin Allen
Brother of Elizabeth M. Andrus; Cora A. Sheldon and John LaVergne Allen

Occupation: Editor, Kansas Governor, and U.S. Senator
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About Henry J. Allen, Governor, U.S. Senator


Henry Justin Allen (September 11, 1868 – January 17, 1950) was the 21st Governor of Kansas (1919–1923) and U.S. Senator from Kansas (1929–31).

Allen was born in Warren County, Pennsylvania to John and Rebecca Elizabeth (Goodwin) Allen. His family moved to Kansas in 1870, where they settled in Clay County.

Before becoming active in politics, Allen acquired ownership of newspapers throughout Kansas, beginning with the Manhattan Nationalist in Manhattan, Kansas in 1894. He owned the Topeka State Journal with Arthur J. Carruth, Jr and William P. Snyder. Generally forward-looking in his outlook, he hired Frank Lloyd Wright to design his home in Wichita, Kansas. Allen's home is the only residence designed by Wright in Kansas.

Allen was in France with William Allen White inspecting the facilities provided to Kansas soldiers of the American Expeditionary Force during World War I when his party nominated him for the office of governor. During the campaign in 1918, Allen never spent any of his own money and learned about his nomination from a Paris newspaper. He served from 1919 to 1923.

Allen expressed some admiration for Benito Mussolini's policies in the 1920s and pushed through a similar industrial court provision. When publisher William Allen White objected, he was arrested in a free speech battle. White won the 1923 Pulitzer Prize for his editorial "To an Anxious Friend," published July 27, 1922 opposing the law.

After leaving the governorship, Allen was U.S. Special Commissioner for Near East Relief in Armenia, Turkey, Greece, and Southern Russia. In 1928 he was Director of Publicity for the Republican National Committee.

In April, 1929 was appointed to the United States Senate to fill the vacancy caused when Charles Curtis resigned to become Vice President. Allen served from April 1, 1929 to November 30, 1930. He ran unsuccessfully for the remainder of Curtis' term, and was succeeded by George McGill.

Allen died in 1950 following a cerebral thrombosis in Wichita, Kansas. He is buried at the Maple Grove Cemetery in Wichita, Kansas. Allen was posthumously inducted into the Kansas Newspaper Hall of Fame two years later.

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Henry J. Allen, Governor, U.S. Senator's Timeline

September 11, 1868
Warren County, Pennsylvania, United States
September 19, 1893
Age 25
August 7, 1895
Age 26
October 13, 1900
Age 32
Wichita, Sedgwick County, Kansas, United States
Age 33
January 17, 1950
Age 81
Wichita, Sedgwick, Kansas, United States
Wichita, Sedgwick County, Kansas, United States