|John J. Allen Jr.|
|Member of the United States House of Representatives|
January 3, 1947 – January 3, 1959
|Preceded by||John H. Tolan|
|Succeeded by||Jeffery Cohelan|
|Under Secretary of Commerce for Transportation|
January 5, 1959 – January 20, 1961
|Preceded by||Louis S. Rothschild|
|Succeeded by||Clarence D. Martin Jr.|
|Member and President of the Oakland Board of Education|
|Mayor of McCall, Idaho|
|Born||November 27, 1899|
|Died||March 7, 1995 (aged 95)|
|Alma mater||University of California, Berkeley|
|Service/branch||United States Navy|
|Years of service||1942–1945|
|Battles/wars||World War I|
World War II
John Joseph Allen Jr. (November 27, 1899 – March 7, 1995) was the US Representative from California's 7th congressional district from January 3, 1947 to January 3, 1959. He is the last Republican to represent Oakland and Berkeley in Congress.
He retired to McCall, Idaho in 1970, where he later served as mayor from 1988 to 1992. During this time he was America's oldest mayor.
Early life and education[edit | edit source]
John J. Allen Jr. was born to John J. Allen Sr., an Alameda County Judge, in Oakland, California, on November 27, 1899.
Career[edit | edit source]
After graduating from UC Berkeley School of Law in 1922, Allen Jr. was admitted to the California State Bar and commenced practice. Between 1923–1943 Allen Jr. served as a member of the Oakland Board of Education, serving several terms as president. He also served as the President of the California State School Trustees Association from 1936–1938, and as a member of the County Republican Central Committee from 1936–1944.
After his military service, Allen Jr. served as the Vice-Chairman for the State Commission on School Districts, and in 1946 ran for Congress in California's 7th Congressional District after the retirement of Congressman John H. Tolan. Allen Jr. beat Democrat Patrick W. McDonough by 13,520 votes. Allen voted in favor of the Civil Rights Act of 1957.
After his unsuccessful re-election bid, Allen Jr. was appointed as the Under Secretary of Commerce for Transportation on January 5, 1959, serving until 1961.
Later life[edit | edit source]
After his political career ended in 1961, John J. Allen Jr. resumed the practice of law until his retirement in 1969. He resided in McCall, Idaho, and at the age of 87 he was elected Mayor of McCall, serving until his death in 1995.
References[edit | edit source]
- "ALLEN, John Joseph, Jr. – Biographical Information". http://bioguide.congress.gov/scripts/biodisplay.pl?index=A000133. Retrieved 8 December 2018.
- "Travel & Outdoors – At 91, Idaho Mayor Has Seniority System Down Pat – Seattle Times Newspaper". http://community.seattletimes.nwsource.com/archive/?date=19910811&slug=1299312.
- "Election Statistics, 1920 to Present | US House of Representatives: History, Art & Archives" (in en). https://history.house.gov/Institution/Election-Statistics/.
- "HR 6127. CIVIL RIGHTS ACT OF 1957.". GovTrack.us. https://www.govtrack.us/congress/votes/85-1957/h42.
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John H. Tolan
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 7th congressional district
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