Senator Allen Joseph Chantry View All Years

Compiled Historical Information
Date of Death: 1/20/1927
Birth Place: Van Buren County, Iowa
Birth County: Van Buren
Party Affiliation: Republican
Assemblies Served:
Senate: 24 (1892) - 25 (1894)
House: 15 (1874)
22 (1888) - 23 (1890)
Home County: Page
Allen Joseph Chantry
Mills County
A man for deadlocks is the Senator from Mills county, the Hon. Allen J. Chantry. In the contest of 1872, when the House battled for several weeks before organizing, he was a member. In the memorable struggle of six weeks on the speakership in 1890 in the House, Chantry was on hand. In the three days fight in the Senate in 1893 Senator Chantry was beginning his first term of service in the Senate. It was a sight of more than ordinary interest in 1890 when at the close of hostilities Hamilton had been elected speaker of the House, Chantry and Johnston of Dubuque, both of whom had fought in the deadlocks of 1872 and 1890, clasped hands over the bloody chasm and proceeded to escort the newly elected speaker to the chair. Mr. Chantry was born June 13, 1841, in Van Buren county, this State. Six years after the birth of the boy the family moved to Henry county, and in 1855 to Guthrie county. When the trouble began down south he enlisted in company I, 29th Iowa infantry, as private. As he was active in organizing company K he was made second lieutenant of that company and sent to the front. In 1863 he was made first lieutenant and a few months later advanced to the captaincy of his company. He was wounded twice during his term of service, and still carries a ball imbedded in the flesh under his shoulder blade. At the close of the war he returned to Iowa and settled on a farm in Page county. It was while residing here that he was first elected to the legislature. In 1882 he moved to Malvern in Mills county and continued farming and stock raising. He was elected to the Twenty-second and Twenty-third General Assemblies as a member of the House, and to the Twenty-fourth as Senator. He comes back this time as a holdover. He was married in 1865 to Miss Harriet Reines of Malvern. He belongs to the Odd Fellows and Grand Army of the Republic. Although not one of the talkative men on the floor. Senator Chantry does good and effective work in the legislature.