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Allison, William Boyd

Joseph F. Wall

in American National Biography Online

Published in print January 1999 |
Published online February 2000 | e-ISBN: 9780198606697 | DOI:

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Allison, William Boyd (02 March 1829–04 August 1908), U.S. senator, was born near Ashland, Ohio, the son of John Allison and Margaret Williams, farmers. After one year at Allegheny College, he taught in a country school for two years, earning enough money to enter Western Reserve College in 1850. Again he left college after only a year’s residence and returned home to read law. In 1852 he opened a law office in Ashland, where over the next four years he entered into three different partnerships, none of which was successful. In 1854 he married Anna Carter, the daughter of the most prosperous farmer in the county. They had no children....

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Subjects: US Politics

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