Charles Allen (jurist)

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Charles Allen
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Associate Justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court
In office
Nominated by John D. Long[1]
Massachusetts Attorney General
In office
Preceded by Chester I. Reed
Succeeded by Charles R. Train
Personal details
Born April 17, 1827[1]
Greenfield, Massachusetts
Died December 13, 1912(1912-12-13) (aged 85)[1]
Boston, Massachusetts[1]
Alma mater Harvard

Charles Allen (April 17, 1827 – December 13, 1912) was an American jurist, born at Greenfield, Massachusetts to Sylvester and Harriet (Ripley) Allen.[2] He graduated from Harvard University in 1847, studied law, and was admitted to the bar in 1850. Allen practiced law at Greenfield for twelve years, then advanced to state offices, serving as the Massachusetts Attorney General from 1867 to 1872. During his sixteen years of service (1882–1898) on the bench of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, he became known as one of the most eminent jurists of his day.



  1. ^ a b c d Spencer, Arthur W. (January 1913), The Green Bag: An Entertaining Magazine for Lawyers, Volume XXV No. 1, Covering the Year 1913, Brookline, Ma.: The Riverdale Press, p. 53. 
  2. ^ Johnson, Rossiter W. (1904), The Twentieth Century Biographical Dictionary of Notable Americans, Volume I; A-Browne, Boston, Ma.: The Biographical Society 
Legal offices
Preceded by
Chester I. Reed
Attorney General of Massachusetts
1867 - 1872
Succeeded by
Charles R. Train
Preceded by
Marcus Morton
Associate Justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court
1882 - 1898
Succeeded by
John Hammond