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Thursday, March 01, 2007

Biographical Data Regarding Frederick Hobbes Allen, President of Pelham Manor and Owner of Bolton Priory in the Early 20th Century

I previously have written about Frederick Hobbes Allen, an owner of Bolton Priory during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. See Tuesday, May 3, 2005: Colonel Frederick Hobbes Allen, An Owner of Bolton Priory in Pelham Manor.

Frederick H. Allen's wife was given the Priory as a wedding gift and the couple lived in the home for many years. Frederick H. Allen served as President (i.e., Mayor) of the Village of Pelham Manor from 1904 to 1906. He was an internationally famous and colorful character. Below are two more biographical sketches about him, each followed by a citation to its source.

United States Diplomat.

Was born May 30, 1858, in Honolulu, Hawaii, and is a son of the late Hon. Elisha Hunt Allen, the eminent diplomat and congressman. He studied in Germany and Switzerland and under private tutors. In 1880 he graduated with the degree of A.B. from Harvard university; and in 1893 graduated with the degrees of A.M. and LL. B. from that institution of learning. In 1882 he was secretary to the Hawaiian legation. He resigned; and in 1883 was admitted to the bar. He has been corporation counsel of the village of Pelham Manor; and also served as president of the village. He is chairman of the democratic county committee of Westchester county, N.Y.; and is the senior member of the law firm of Allen and Camman of New York City."

Source: Distinguished Successful Americans of Our Day Containing Biographies of Prominent Americans Now Living, p. 184 (Chicago, IL: Successful Americans 1912).

"Allen, Frederick Hobbes, lawyer, of 63 Wall St., New York City; was born in Honolulu, Hawaiian Islands; son of Hon. Elisha Hunt Allen, M.C. (also chief justice Hawaiian Islands and minister plenipotentiary to U.S.), and Mary Harrod (Hobbes) Allen; graduate A.B., 1880 (A.M.), LL.B., 1883, Harvard University; married, New York City, 1892, Adele Livingston Stevens; children: Frederic Stevens, Mary Dorothy Adele, Barbara Frances Gallatin, Joan Livingston, Julian Broome Livingston, Priscilla Alden Sampson. Studied law in office of Holmes & Adams; admitted to bar, 1884; became managing clerk Miller, Peckham & Dixon; later practiced alone ; in 1894 formed firm of Adams & Allen, and on death of senior partner, 1900, formed firm of Allen & Cammann. Secretary Hawaiian legation, 1882, charge d'affaires; resigned 1883; has been corporation counsel, also president Village of Pelham Manor. Chairman Democratic county committee, Westchester county, N.Y.; has been delegate at various state conventions; delegate to Democratic national convention at Denver, 1908; twice member executive committee of Democratic state committee of N.Y. (in last campaign member general finance committee of Democratic national committee).

Member permanent American commission that went abroad to study agricultural finance, production, distribution and rural life. Member Sons of Revolution, Society Colonial Wars. Recreations: Hunting, polo. Clubs: Knickerbocker, Union, Manhattan, City."

Source: Builders of Our Nation, Men of 1914 (Chicago, IL: Men of Nineteen-Fourteen 1915).

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At 10:29 PM, Anonymous will cavanagh said...

Blake, is there a typo or was Frederick Allen really a Democrat--it will burst a lot of bubbles.
Did he have any decedents in Pelham recently or now

At 2:13 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not only was he a Democrat he served five terms on the National Democrat Party's Finance Committee between 1912 and 1932. He advised FDR in 1934 on Hawaii history prior to the President's 1936 visit to the then Territory. In his late 50's in WW I he played a role in the formation of the Lafayette Escadrille prior to U. S. entry into the war and subsequently served as a Navy reserve aviation officer attached to the Paris HQ of the commander of U. S. aviation forces in Europe. For his service he received decorations from France, Belgium, Poland and Czechoslovakia.


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