Lawrence Allen my Great Uncle

 Lawrence T. Allen, Jr., a member of the Danville law firm.  Allen & Allen was Vermilion County's first public defender... His legal practice dates back to 1941, when he was admitted to the Illinois Bar following his graduation from De Paul University, Chicago with an LLB degree... Four years later, after his release from military service Allen "opened shop" with his brother John T. Allen.  He was assistant supervisor for Danville Township, assistant to the attorney general of the United States in this area, and a candidate for probate judge two years ago.  Besides this, Allen is active in and a past president of the Big Brothers Assn., a past chairman of Vermilion County's TB Drive and chairman and co-chairman of the American Legion's Sunshine Health Camp here.  Allen was born in Champaign, Feb. 2, 1915, the son of Lawrence T. And Bess Trevett Allen.  He attended Garfield Grade School and Danville high School, and then spent three years at Tabor Naval Academy of Marion Mass.  He spent his first year of college at the University of Illinois.  That same year he married the former Miss Jane Griffith of Alexandria, La.  In 1939 he enrolled at DePaul University and was graduated from there in 1941.  From June 1942, until 1945, Allen served in the Air Force, both in this country and overseas.  Allen is the fourth generation of his family to practice law in Vermilion Co.  His father, who died in 1950 was a Vermilion County judge, and his grandfather Charles A. Allen was a local attorney and a member of the Illinois State Legislature.  Two of the most satisfying experience of his career thus far, includes a reversal of a criminal conviction he won for a client in the U. S. District Court of Appeals in Chicago, and the successful restoration of local control over a Danville union.  The father of two Children, Tom 8 and Abby 11, Allen and his children reside at 14 Maywood Dr.  He is a member of the First Presbyterian Church, YMCA, a director of the Trevett-Mattis Bank of Champaign, Elks Lodge 332, American Legion Pollywog Asst. And the Illinois and Vermilion County Bar Association.  Allen's principal hobby is fishing but driving Shaw ponies is also a pastime attraction for the Danville attorney.

 

From The Early Pioneers of Vermilion Co.

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