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B. R. ALLEN, HARTFORD: Insurance Agent, Stock and Bond Broker.
Bennet Rowland Allen was born in Enfield, May 17, 1838, and was educated at E. Hall’s classical school in Ellington, Wm. C. Goldthwait’s in Longmeadow, Mass., and at the Connecticut State Normal School in New Britain. He became a teacher in the Ellington school, which was one of the leading classical schools in Hartford county in its day.
Subsequently he engaged in manufacturing business at Windsor Locks, remaining there from 1861 until 1868. A portion of the time he was the manager of the Medlicott mill, which was occupied through the war in making knit goods for the soldiers’ use. Afterwards he became a member of the firm of C. H. Dexter & Sons, Mr. Dexter, the founder of the company, being Mr. Allen’s father-in-law, and engaged in the manufacture of manilla papers. In 1868 he removed to Hartford and became the local manager of the Hartford Fire Insurance Company, the Royal Insurance Company of England, and of the Pennsylvania Insurance Company of Philadelphia. In addition to the management of the local transactions of these companies, Mr. Allen is engaged in the business of a stuck and bond broker. He is held in the highest esteem in business centres in this city, and is deserving in every way of the universal confidence felt in his ability.
He is prominently associated with Masonic interests, being a knight
templar; is a member, also, of the Connecticut Society Sons of the American Revolution. Mr. Allen is a republican, politically, but has paid no attention to public office, having resolutely refrained through life from seeking public position. During the war he voluntarily sent a substitute into the service, and was thoroughly interested in the success of the Union cause. The business in which he was engaged at the time as manager of the Medlicott company made it of great importance that his services should be retained here. Mr. Allen is an active and influential member of the Asylum Hill Congregational church. His family consists of a wife and son. The former was Miss Annie Pierson Dexter of Windsor Locks prior to her marriage. The son occupies a responsible position in the Society for Savings on Pratt street.
Source: Illustrated Popular Biography of Connecticut - 1891
Compiled and Published by J. A. Spalding Hartford Conn. Press of the Case, Lockwood and Brainard Company
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