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Charles Mengel Allen (November 22, 1916 – January 4, 2000) was a United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of Kentucky.

Charles Mengel Allen
Senior Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of Kentucky
In office
October 1, 1985 – January 4, 2000
Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of Kentucky
In office
1977–1985
Preceded byClifton Rhodes Bratcher
Succeeded byEdward Huggins Johnstone
Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of Kentucky
In office
November 30, 1971 – October 1, 1985
Appointed byRichard Nixon
Preceded byHenry Luesing Brooks
Succeeded byCharles Ralph Simpson III
Personal details
Born
Charles Mengel Allen

(1916-11-22)November 22, 1916
Louisville, Kentucky
DiedJanuary 4, 2000(2000-01-04) (aged 83)
Louisville, Kentucky
EducationYale University (B.A.)
University of Louisville School of Law (LL.B.)

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Education and careerEdit

Born in Louisville, Kentucky, Allen received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Yale University in 1941 and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Louisville School of Law in 1943. He was in private practice from 1944 to 1945, and was teacher at Arizona Desert School in Tucson, Arizona, from 1945 to 1946, returning to private practice in Louisville, from 1946 to 1955. He was an Assistant United States Attorney for the Western District of Kentucky from 1955 to 1959, and was again in private practice in Louisville from 1959 to 1961. He was a judge of the Jefferson County Circuit Court, Fourth Chancery Division from 1961 to 1971.[1]

Federal judicial serviceEdit

On November 17, 1971, Allen was nominated by President Richard Nixon to a seat on the United States District Court for the Western District of Kentucky vacated by Judge Henry Luesing Brooks. Allen was confirmed by the United States Senate on November 23, 1971, and received his commission on November 30, 1971. He served as Chief Judge from 1977 to 1985, assuming senior status on October 1, 1985 and serving in that capacity until his death on January 4, 2000, in Louisville.[1]

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