Biography of William L. Allen
Franklin County, NY Biographies

William Loyal Allen. - Prominent in his profession as a lawyer, William Loyal Allen, of Malone, is widely known throughout Franklin County. He was born at Malone, March 16, 1874, the son of Charles W. and Mary (Lathrop) Allen.

The Allens of Malone are direct descendants of Ira Allen, a brother of Ethan Allen, of Revolutionary War fame, whose son, Aaron C. Allen, came to Louisville, N. Y., in 1801 from New Hampshire. The land upon which he settled is still in the possession of the Allen family.

Charles W. Allen was born at Louisville, St. Lawrence County, in 1833. He came to Malone about 1850 and for a number of years was interested in the mercantile business. Later he founded the Old Line Coal Company, with which he was identified at the time of his death, Sept. 14, 1905. He was buried in Morningside Cemetery, Malone. On May 1, 1861, Mr. Allen married Miss Mary Lathrop, the daughter of Loyal C. and Irena (Spencer) Lathrop, of Malone. Mrs. Allen survived her husband 22 years, and died Dec. 29, 1927, at the age of 90 years. Their children were: 1. Frank Douglas, attorney, associated with the Interborough Rapid Transit Company, of New York City. 2. Frederick Lathrop, attorney, second vice president and general counsel of the Mutual Life Insurance Company of New York. 3. William Loyal, the subject of this sketch.

William Loyal Allen acquired his early education in the public schools of Malone and entered Hamilton College after his graduation from Franklin Academy in 1893. He received the degree of Bachelor of Arts in 1898, after spending some time in the law offices of the late John I. Gilbert, of Malone. He later entered the offices of Martin E. McClary, a prominent pioneer of Malone. Mr. Allen was admitted to the bar in January, 1900, spent the following seven years in private practice, after which he became a partner of Martin E. McClary, under the firm name of McClary & Allen. A son of Mr. McClary, Arthur E., later became associated with the firm, and upon the death of his father in 1917 he became Mr. Allen's partner. The firm of Allen & McClary is among the leading law firms of Franklin County. They have offices at 45 East Main Street. Mr. Allen has numerous important business connections in the city, being president of the Old Line Coal Company, and director of the Malone Electric Light & Power Company.

On June 14, 1906, Mr. Allen married Miss Bessie L. Skinner, of Malone, the daughter of Samuel B. and Mary Skinner, both deceased. Mr. Skinner was prominent in the insurance business at Malone for many years. He and his wife are buried in Morningside Cemetery. To Mr. and Mrs. Allen were born three children, two of whom died in infancy. A daughter, Elizabeth, born Dec. 31, 1913, is a student at Franklin Academy.

Mr. Allen has always been a Democrat. He and his family are members of St. Mark's Episcopal Church, of which he has been vestryman for many years, and is now senior warden. He is affiliated with the Masonic Lodge, Elks Lodge, Modern Woodmen of America, and Alpha Delta Phi fraternity. He also belongs to the Rotary Club and Malone Golf Club. At the present time he is president of the Malone Board of Education, vice president of the Northern New York Institute for the Deaf, and a trustee of Farrar Home.

Mr. Allen's residence is located at 21 Park Street, Malone.


The North Country
A History, Embracing
Jefferson, St. Lawrence, Oswego, Lewis
and Franklin Counties, New York.
By: Harry F. Landon
Historical Publishing Company
Indianopolis, Indiana 1932

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