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Charles Herbert ALLEN

(1848-1934)

ALLEN, Charles Herbert, a Representative from Massachusetts; born in Lowell, Mass., April 15, 1848; attended public and private schools; was graduated from Amherst College, Mass., in 1869; engaged in the manufacture of wooden boxes and in the lumber business with his father; held various local offices; member of the Massachusetts house of representatives in 1881 and 1882; served in the Massachusetts senate in 1883; colonel and aide-de-camp on the staff of Governor Robinson in 1884; elected as a Republican to the Forty-ninth and Fiftieth Congresses (March 4, 1885-March 3, 1889); declined to be a candidate for renomination in 1888; unsuccessful candidate for Governor of Massachusetts in 1890; served as Massachusetts Prison Commissioner in 1897 and 1898; Assistant Secretary of the Navy 1898-1900; served as first civil Governor of Puerto Rico 1900-1902; returned to Lowell, Mass., in 1902 and became financially interested in banking and other enterprises, serving as vice president of the Morton Trust Co. and of the Guaranty Trust Co. of New York and as president of the American Sugar Refining Co.; died in Lowell, Mass., April 20, 1934; interment in Lowell Cemetery.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present

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