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Allen, Sewell E., 1913-1975



  • Existence: 1913-1975

Born in 1913, Iowa City, Iowa, native Sewell Ellyson Allen graduated from high school in Onawa, Iowa. He returned to Iowa City to attend law school, receiving his degree in 1939. Two years later, Allen was elected as a Democrat to Iowa's state legislature. He was defeated in the following election for a senate seat. In 1946, he was a candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives. In 1952, he ran for lieutenant governor, only to be defeated once again.

He remained active in the state's Democratic Party and for a long time was the Monona County Democratic Chairman. From 1963 through 1965 he served as the Monona county attorney and from 1965 through 1967 he worked in the Iowa attorney general's office. Sewell E. Allen died in 1975, at the age of sixty-two.

Found in 2 Collections and/or Records:

Hilda Ellyson Allen papers

Identifier: IWA0371
Abstract The papers consist largely of correspondence between Hilda and George Allen and their three children and cover a broad range of family, social and political issues.
Dates: 1884-1958

Sewell E. Allen Papers

Identifier: msc0337
Abstract Attorney and Iowa state legislator. Subject files and correspondence concerning his business, family and political career. The bulk of the papers consists of correspondence dealing with business conditions during the 1920s and WWII, politics, and family life.
Dates: 1910-1975; 1941-1952