George L. Allen

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George Littleton Allen
High Constable of the
Toronto Police Department
In office
Preceded by George Kingsmill
Succeeded by Samuel Sherwood
Personal details
Born 1811
Sligo, Ireland
Died 1882
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Nationality Irish, Canadian

George Littleton Allen (1811-1882) was High Constable of Toronto from 1847 to 1852 and Governor of the Toronto Jail from 1852 to 1872.

Allen was born to a Protestant family in Sligo, Ireland, and emigrated to New York at the age of 15 before moving to Toronto. He was appointed High Constable or Chief Constable of the Toronto Police Department by the city in 1847 and served in that position for five years until 1852 when he was appointed Governor of the Toronto Jail and was the first governor of the Don Jail when it opened in 1864, taking up residence in the jail's administrative wing.[1][2]


  1. ^ Robertson, J. Ross (December 1917). "Landmarks of Canada. What art has done for Canadian history; a guide to the J. Ross Robertson historical collection in the Public reference library, Toronto, Canada". Online Library Ebooks Reader. Toronto Public Library. Retrieved August 16, 2014. 
  2. ^ "The History of the Don Jail" (PDF). Bridgepoint Active Healthcare. February 8, 2013. Archived from the original (PDF) on June 12, 2014. Retrieved August 16, 2014.