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Henry Justin Allen (September 11, 1868 – January 17, 1950) was the 21st Governor of Kansas (1919–1923) and U.S. Senator from Kansas (1929–30).[1]

Henry Allen
Henry Justin Allen in 1918.jpg
United States Senator
from Kansas
In office
April 1, 1929 – November 30, 1930
Preceded byCharles Curtis
Succeeded byGeorge McGill
Chair of the National Governors Association
In office
1919
Preceded byEmerson Harrington
Succeeded byWilliam Cameron Sproul
21st Governor of Kansas
In office
January 13, 1919 – January 8, 1923
LieutenantCharles Solomon Huffman
Preceded byArthur Capper
Succeeded byJonathan M. Davis
Personal details
Born(1868-09-11)September 11, 1868
Pittsfield, Pennsylvania, U.S.
DiedJanuary 17, 1950(1950-01-17) (aged 81)
Wichita, Kansas, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Other political
affiliations
Progressive (1912–1916)
Spouse(s)Elsie Nuzman
EducationWashburn University
Baker University

Life and careerEdit

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

Before becoming active in politics, Allen acquired ownership of newspapers throughout Kansas, beginning in 1894 with the Manhattan Nationalist in Manhattan, Kansas. He owned the Topeka State Journal with Arthur J. Carruth Jr. and William P. Snyder.[2] Generally forward-looking in his outlook, he hired Frank Lloyd Wright to design his home in Wichita, Kansas.[3] 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.[4]

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, he 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. Allen was posthumously inducted into the Kansas Newspaper Hall of Fame two years later.[5]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ http://politicalgraveyard.com/bio/allen4.html
  2. ^ "Topeka Journal is Sold; Stauffer Buys Paper Owned by Henry Allen and Partners," New York Times, January 12, 1940
  3. ^ Bleiberg, Larry (June 7, 2015). "10 Great: Frand Lloyd Wright Homes". USA Today.
  4. ^ "William Allen White". Kansas Newspaper Hall of Fame. Retrieved January 1, 2010.[permanent dead link]
  5. ^ "Henry J. Allen". Kansas Newspaper Hall of Fame. Retrieved January 1, 2010.[permanent dead link]

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Party political offices
Preceded by
Arthur Capper
Republican nominee for Governor of Kansas
1918, 1920
Succeeded by
William Yoast Morgan
Preceded by
Charles Curtis
Republican nominee for U.S. Senator from Kansas
(Class 3)

1930
Succeeded by
Benjamin S. Paulen
Political offices
Preceded by
Arthur Capper
Governor of Kansas
1919–1923
Succeeded by
Jonathan M. Davis
Preceded by
Emerson Harrington
Chair of the National Governors Association
1919
Succeeded by
William Cameron Sproul
U.S. Senate
Preceded by
Charles Curtis
United States Senator (Class 3) from Kansas
1929–1930
Served alongside: Arthur Capper
Succeeded by
George McGill