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Francis B. Allen

FRANCIS B. ALLEN, HARTFORD: Second Vice-President Hartford Steam Boiler Inspection and Insurance Company.

Francis Burke Allen was born in Baltimore, Md., in 1841, and received a thorough education, preparing him for the avocation of a mechanical engineer. In February, 1862, he was appointed in the engineer corps, United States navy, from Illinois, remaining in active service until 1868.

He was with various ships and squadrons, and on special duty in New York during the entire period. His service through the war was exceptionally creditable. In 1868 he resigned his commission in the navy to enter the service of the Novelty Iron works in New York. Afterwards he was assistant to the superintendent of motive power on the Northern Pacific R.R. In 1872 he became the special agent of the Hartford Steam Boiler Inspection and Insurance Company in the New York department. In 1882 he was promoted to the position of supervising general agent in the home office, and in 1888 was made second vice-president of the company. His department involves a general supervision of the company’s business in the field and the superintendency of agents.  Mr. Allen is exceptionally adapted to this work by training and experience. He is connected with the American Society of Mechanical Engineers of New York, the American Society of Naval Engineers, Washington, D. C., the Marine Engineers’ Society of New York, the National Association of Stationary Engineers; and is lieutenant commander of the National Association of Naval Veterans, vice-president of the Naval Veteran Association of Connecticut, member of the Army and Navy Club of Connecticut, and of Robert O. Tyler Post, G. A. R.

He is the senior aid on the staff of Commander Wells, N. A. of N. V., and is one of the most popular of the naval veterans of this state. He has resided in Portland, Me., Philadelphia, Chicago, and New York, and is widely known by reason of his business and naval associations. Mr. Allen is a member of the Congregational church, and a gentleman of the most enjoyable personality. He has a family, consisting of a wife and five children. The name of Mrs. Allen prior to marriage was Miss Margaret Louise Williams.  In politics Mr. Allen is a republican.

Source:  Builders of Our Nation, Men of 1914 pub. Men of Nineteen-Fourteen, Chicago, Ill. 1915.

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