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James Allin
James Allin
TitleJames Allin
SubjectBloomington, Illinois; People; Pioneers; Politicians; Universities & Colleges; Illinois Wesleyan University
DescriptionBorn in 1788, Colonel James Allin is attributed with being the "man most actively identified with the organization of McLean County." In 1831, he gave 22 ½ acres to McLean County and named this area Bloomington. The First Session of the McLean County Circuit Court was held in his log cabin, which was located on the South-East corner of Grove and East Streets. One half of the home was used as the Allin family's residence and the other a general store. Colonel Allin was elected an Illinois State Senator in 1836 and was influential in the first movement to establish Illinois Wesleyan University, contributing greatly to its success. He died in 1869 and was remembered for his "imperious will to succeed where others failed." (Historical Sketch and Alumni Record p42).
SourcePeople; Illinois Picture File 178
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CollectionBloomington Normal Local History Resources (Illinois Wesleyan University/Bloomington Public Library)
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