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Collection Number RG3804.AM
Collection Name RG3804 Allen, Thomas Stinson, 1865-1945
Identifier Political papers
Size and Materials 1 envelope and 1 oversize folder
Title Thomas Stinson Allen papers
Date or Date Span 1890-1951
Year Range from 1890
Year Range to 1951
Admin/Biographical History Thomas Stinson Allen was born in Baynes Point, Illinois, in 1865. At some later, unknown date, Allen moved to Nebraska and in 1891 was the first graduate of the Nebraska Law College. In 1898 he married Mary Elizabeth Bryan, sister of William Jennings Bryan. The couple made Lincoln their home for the rest of their lives. "Tom" Allen entered the Talbot, Bryan & Allen law firm in 1895 and in 1895 this partnership became Talbot & Allen. In 1915 Allen was appointed U.S. District Attorney, a position he held until 1921. He then formed the firm of Allen & Requartte, where he specialized in corporate law and helped establish many Nebraska firms. In addition to being active in various professional circles, Allen was an ardent Democrat and was an advisor to Charles W. Bryan. Allen died in Lincoln on October 29, 1945.
Scope & Content This collection consists of correspondence, 1890-1940; memorial materials; and scrapbook fragments. The bulk of the material relates to political affairs in Nebraska in the 1890s and the early 1900s, including an extended commentary on the role of William Jennings Bryan at the Democratic National Convention in Baltimore in 1912. Local issues discussed in the letters include prohibition, the candidacy of Grover Cleveland in 1892, and patronage.

Correspondents include: James E. Boyd, 1890, 1892, 1893; Charles S. Allen, 1904; Thomas S. Allen, 1904; Charles Ogden, 1890; and Ignatius J. Dunn, 1940.
Finding Aids Thomas Stinson Allen finding aid
Related units of description RG2952: Allen, Mary Elizabeth Bryan (wife of Thomas S. Allen) contains some papers and photographs relating to both the Allen Family and to Thomas S. Allen.

Related materials can also be found in the following collections: RG0001, SG28: Bryan, Charles W.; and RG3198.AM: Bryan, William Jennings.

Several references relating to Allen may be found in the Nebraska History magazine. See the Nebraska History Index for citations.
Subjects Democratic Party
Political parties
Politics & government
People Allen, Thomas Stinson, 1865-1945
Bryan, William Jennings, 1860-1925
Boyd, James Edward, 1834-1906
Bays, William
Search Terms Democratic Party
Nebraska -- Politics and government
Political parties