Allison, William B. (William Boyd), 1829-1908

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Birth 1829-03-02
Death 1908-08-04

Biographical notes:

Iowa legislator; United States House of Representatives, 1863-1871; United States Senate, 1873-1908.

From the description of Letter : Dubuque, Iowa, to W[illiam] W[orth] Belknap, Washington, D.C., 1873 Oct. 22. (Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library). WorldCat record id: 26496685

U.S. Senator and Representative from Iowa.

From the description of Papers of William B. Allison, 1862-1916. (University of Iowa Libraries). WorldCat record id: 148787411

William Boyd Allison was a delegate to the 1860 Republican National Convention in Chicago which nominated Abraham Lincoln for President of the United States. He went on to become a member of the House of Representatives from Iowa, and eventually, a member of the Iowa Senate.

From the description of Letter to Charles Mercer Hall, 1896 (University of Iowa Libraries). WorldCat record id: 426157388

U. S. Senator from Iowa.

From the description of William B. Allison autograph, 1888 May 8. (Cornell University Library). WorldCat record id: 173203742

Representative and Senator from Iowa.

From the description of Letters, 1863-1902. (University of Iowa Libraries). WorldCat record id: 233125301

United States Senator from Iowa.

From the description of Letter to J. J. Tissot [manuscript], 1901 November 16. (University of Virginia). WorldCat record id: 647915383

Allison served in Congress from Iowa's 3rd District, 1863-1871, then as U.S. Senator, 1873-1908. He was an authority on financial issues and chaired the Senate Appropriations Committee 1881-1893 and 1895-1908. He also chaired the Senate Indian Affairs Committee 1875-1881. At the Republican National Conventions in 1888 and again in 1896, Allison was a strong contender for the presidential nomination. Allison practiced law in Dubuque and was on Governor Samuel Kirkwood's staff during the Civil War. He helped to organize Iowa's Civil War volunteer regiments. Among his close associates were General Grenville Dodge and Iowa Congressman John Fletcher Lacey.

From the description of Allison, William Boyd papers 1825-1908. (State Historical Society of Iowa, Library). WorldCat record id: 49058877


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