Henry Allen (Liberal politician)

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Henry George Allen (29 July 1815 – 20 November 1908)[1] was a British lawyer and Liberal politician.

Allen was the second son of John Hensleigh Allen of Cresselly, Pembrokeshire and his wife, Lady Gertrude Seymour, daughter of Lord Robert Seymour. His father had been MP for Pembroke and his maternal grandfather had been MP for Carmarthenshire.

Allen was educated at Rugby School and at Christ Church, Oxford and was called to the bar at Lincoln's Inn in May 1841. He was Recorder of Andover from 1859 to 1872. In 1880 he became Queen's Counsel and in 1881 a Bencher. He was J.P. and Chairman of the Quarter Sessions for Pembrokeshire.[2]

Allen was elected Member of Parliament for Pembroke in 1880,[3] and he held the seat until it was reorganised under the Redistribution of Seats Act 1885. In the 1885 general election, he was elected MP for Pembroke and Haverfordwest which he held until he stood down at the 1886 general election.[4]

He became a member of Pembrokeshire County Council in 1889, and became its first permanent chairman.

Allen died unmarried at the age of 93.[5]


  1. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "P" (part 1)[self-published source][better source needed]
  2. ^ Debretts Guide to the House of Commons 1886
  3. ^ Craig, F. W. S. (1989) [1977]. British parliamentary election results 1832–1885 (2nd ed.). Chichester: Parliamentary Research Services. p. 511. ISBN 0-900178-26-4. 
  4. ^ Craig, F. W. S. (1989) [1974]. British parliamentary election results 1885–1918 (2nd ed.). Chichester: Parliamentary Research Services. p. 461. ISBN 0-900178-27-2. 
  5. ^ ‘ALLEN, Henry George’, Who Was Who, A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc, 1920–2014; online edn, Oxford University Press, 2014 ; online edn, April 2014 accessed 26 April 2014

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Edward James Reed
Member of Parliament for Pembroke
Constituency abolished
(see Pembroke & Haverfordwest)
New constituency Member of Parliament for Pembroke and Haverfordwest
Succeeded by
Richard Charles Mayne