Frank D. Allen

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Frank D. Allen
United States Attorney for the District of Massachusetts
In office
Preceded by Owen A. Galvin
Succeeded by Sherman Hoar
Personal details
Born August 16, 1850
Worcester, Massachusetts
Died January 23, 1910(1910-01-23) (aged 59)[1]
Boston, Massachusetts
Resting place Pine Grove Cemetery
Lynn, Massachusetts
Nationality American
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Lucy (Rhodes) Allen
Residence Lynn, Massachusetts
Alma mater Yale University
Boston University School of Law
Occupation Attorney

Frank Dewey Allen (August 16, 1850 – January 23, 1910) was an American attorney and politician who served as a member of Massachusetts House of Representatives, the Massachusetts Governor's Council, and was the United States Attorney for the District of Massachusetts.

Early life[edit]

Allen was born on August 16, 1850 in Worcester, Massachusetts to Charles Francis Allen and Olive Ely (Dewey) Allen. He graduated from Yale University in 1873 and from the Boston University School of Law in 1875. He served as a clerk in the law office of Hillard, Hyde & Dickinson until 1878 when he was admitted to the Suffolk County bar.[2]

After being admitted to the bar, opened his own law office in Boston.[2]

On January 9, 1878 Allen married Lucy Rhodes of Lynn, Massachusetts.[3]

Political career[edit]

From 1881 to 1882, Allen served in the Massachusetts House of Representatives, representing the 10th Essex District with Hartwell French and Henry Cabot Lodge.[4] He served on the judiciary committee, the congressional redistricting committee, and the committee on banks and banking, as well as serving on the committee that removed of Judge Joseph M. Day from office.[2]

From 1884 to 1886 he was a member of the Massachusetts Republican state committee from the 1st Essex Senatorial District. He was also a member of the party's executive committee.[2]

From 1886 to 1888, Allen was a member of the Massachusetts Governor's Council from the 5th Council District.[3][5]

Legal career[edit]

As an attorney, Allen argued on behalf of the Plymouth Woolen Company of the constitutionality of a law allowing municipal officers to permit manufacturers "to ring bells and use whistles and gongs for the benefit of their workmen."[2]

As counsel for the Lancaster Bank, Allen was able to recover securities stolen from the bank's vaults.[2]

From 1890 to 1893, Allen was the United States Attorney for the District of Massachusetts.[3]

Business career[edit]

In 1884 Allen organized the Massachusetts Temperance Home for Inebriates in Lynn. He served as the Home's president for many years.[2]

From 1902 to 1905 he was a receiver at the Central National Bank of Boston. He was also the director of the Lynn Gas & Electric Co.[3]


Allen died in 1910 and is buried in Pine Grove Cemetery in Lynn.[6]


  1. ^ Yale University. Treasurer; Yale College (1920). Report of the Treasurer and Associate Treasurer and Comptroller of Yale University. Yale University. Retrieved 22 February 2015. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Rand, John C. One of a thousand: a series of biographical sketches of one thousand representative men resident in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, A.D. 1888–1889. Boston: First National Pub. Co. pp. 13–14. 
  3. ^ a b c d "Allen, Frank Dewey (b. 1850)". Lawrence Kestenbaum. Retrieved 12 September 2011. 
  4. ^ Acts and resolves passed by the General Court. University Press of Cambridge. 1881. p. 739. 
  5. ^ Journal of the House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Boston: Eagle Graphics, Legislative Printers. 1888. 
  6. ^ "Frank Dewey Allen". Find A Grave. Find A Grave, Inc. Retrieved 14 September 2011.