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Clarence Emir Allen

8 September 1852–7 July 1932

Born 8 Sept. 1852 in Girard, Erie Co., Pennsylvania.[1] Son of Edwin Allen and Helen Anderson.[2] Pitched semiprofessional baseball with the Eire Keystones, summer 1876.[3] Attended Western Reserve College, in Hudson, Summit Co., Ohio; graduated 1877.[4] Played collegiate baseball for Western Reserve College, where he is credited with developing the curve ball, 1877.[5] Married Corrinne Marie Tuckerman, 29 Nov. 1877.[6] Taught Greek at Western Reserve College, 1880–1881.[7] Moved to Salt Lake City, 1881.[8] Employed as an instructor at Salt Lake Academy, 1881–1886.[9] Worked in the mining industry, with short breaks to pursue other opportunities, 1886–1922.[10] Served as a member of the Utah territorial legislature, 1888, 1890, 1894.[11] Introduced a bill providing free public school education, 1890.[12] Served as clerk of Salt Lake Co., Utah Territory, 1890–1893.[13] Took an interest in the silk industry in Utah, 1894.[14] Served as Utah’s first congressman, Jan. 1896–Mar. 1897.[15] Died 7 July 1932 in Escondido, San Diego Co., California; buried in Salt Lake City.[16] 

 

[1] “U.S. Passport Applications, 1795–1925,” database, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com, accessed 10 June 2020), Clarence E. Allen, 14 May 1924. “Allen, Clarence Emir,” in Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1774–1949 (Washington, DC: United States Government Printing Office, 1950), 772. “Represnntative Mining Men,” Salt Lake Herald, 23 May 1899, 6. “Family Tree,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org, accessed 1 June 2020), Clarence Emir Allen (9J32-BZ6).

[2] History of Erie County, Pennsylvania, vol. 6 (Chicago: Warner, Beers & Co., 1884), 53. 1860 U.S. Census, Girard Township, Erie Co., PA, p. 49, Emar Allen.

[3] “First Curve Ball,” Kent (OH) Stater, 28 Apr. 1927, 3.

[4] Western Reserve University, Catalogue of Officers, Graduates and Students of Western Reserve College and Adelbert College, 1826–1916 (Cleveland: Western Reserve University Press, 1916), 30. “Allen, Clarence Emir,” in Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1774–1949 (Washington, DC: United States Government Printing Office, 1950), 772. “Hon. Clarence E. Allen,” Spanish Fork Herald (Spanish Fork, Utah Territory), 11 Oct. 1895, [4]. 

[5] James M. Egan Jr., Baseball on the Western Reserve: The Early Game in Cleveland and Northeast Ohio, Year by Year and Town by Town, 1865–1900 (Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 1953), 75. “First Curve Ball,” Kent (OH) Stater, 28 Apr. 1927, 3.

[6] Ashtabula Co., OH, Probate Court, Marriage Records, 1812–1951, vol. G–H, 1872–1884, p. 493, Clarence E. Allen and Corinne M. Tuckerman, microfilm 890266, DGS 4922506, image 295/641, FHL. “Golden Wedding Is Celebrated by Ex-Salt Lakers,” Salt Lake Telegram, 4 Dec. 1927, 17.

[7] Western Reserve University, Catalogue of Officers, Graduates and Students of Western Reserve College and Adelbert College, 1826–1916 (Cleveland: Western Reserve University Press, 1916), 12.

[8] Miriam B. Murphy, “Clarence E. Allen Was Utah’s First Congressman,” Utah Division of State History (https://web.archive.org/web/20170923144916/https://heritage.utah.gov/history/uhg-clarence-allen, accessed 10 June 2020).  

[9] “What Christianity Is Doing to Redeem Utah, Salt Lake Academy Congressional,” Rocky Mountain Christian Advocate (Salt Lake City), Sept. 1881, 11. “Utah Associations, Teachers of the Salt Lake Academy,” Salt Lake Daily Tribune, 3 Apr. 1885, [4]. “Allen, Clarence Emir,” in Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1774–1949 (Washington, DC: United States Government Printing Office, 1950), 772. “Hon. Clarence E. Allen,” Spanish Fork Herald (Spanish Fork, Utah Territory), 11 Oct. 1895, 4. “Represnntative Mining Men,” Salt Lake Herald, 23 May 1899, 6.

[10] “Represnntative Mining Men,” Salt Lake Herald, 23 May 1899, 6. “Allen, Clarence Emir,” in Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1774–1949 (Washington, DC: United States Government Printing Office, 1950), 772. “Golden Wedding Is Celebrated by Ex-Salt Lakers,” Salt Lake Telegram, 4 Dec. 1927, 17. “Democrats Can’t Register,” Salt Lake Herald, 25 Oct. 1900, 6.

[11] Utah State Archives staff, comp., Territory of Utah, Legislative Assembly Rosters, 1851–1894 (Salt Lake City: Utah State Archives, 2007), 52–56, 61–62. “Allen, Clarence Emir,” in Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1774–1949 (Washington, DC: United States Government Printing Office, 1950), 772. “Represnntative Mining Men,” Salt Lake Herald, 23 May 1899, 6.

[12] “The Free School Bill,” Utah Enquirer (Provo, Utah Territory), 28 Jan. 1890, 2. “For Utah’s Children,” Salt Lake Times, 10 July 1890, 8.

[13] “Are in the Harness,” Salt Lake Herald, 2 Sept. 1890, 3. “Four to One,” Salt Lake Herald, 3 Jan. 1893, 6. “Allen, Clarence Emir,” in Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1774–1949 (Washington, DC: United States Government Printing Office, 1950), 772. “Hon. Clarence E. Allen,” Spanish Fork Herald (Spanish Fork, Utah Territory), 11 Oct. 1895, [4]. 

[14] EBW, Diary, 7 and 16 Feb. 1894.

[15] James Vear Hansen, Congressmen of the First District of Utah, p. [1], MS 14384, CHL. “Allen, Clarence Emir,” in Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1774–1949 (Washington, DC: United States Government Printing Office, 1950), 772. Represnntative Mining Men,” Salt Lake Herald, 23 May 1899, 6. EBW, Diary, 6 and 19 Nov. 1895. “Mr. Allen in Congress,” Deseret Evening News (Salt Lake City), 6 Jan. 1896, 5. 

[16] “California, Death Index, 1905–1939, 1930–1939,” database, Ancestry.com  (https://www.ancestry.com/interactive/5187/41547_B138957-00042?pid=417548&treeid=&personid=&rc=&usePUB=true&_phsrc=lwv480&_phstart=successSource, accessed 8 June 2020), p. 84. Salt Lake Co., UT, Management and Archives, Death Records, 1849–1966, DGS 4120262, image 291/474, FHL.