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Allen, William J., is a grandson of Hon. Joseph Graves, who was born in East Haddam, Conn., October 3, 1787. He removed to Westmoreland, Oneida county, in 1804, where he remained until the war of 1812, when he went to Sackets Harbor. In 1815 he was married and settled in Rutland, Jefferson county, N. Y., and filled the office of supervisor of that town from 1827 to 1835. In 1842 he was elected to the Acsembly and in 1848 was selected presidential elector on the Gen. Lewis Cass ticket. He died December 26, 1875, at the age of eighty nine years. Mr. Allen, who is a son of the late E. D. Allen, was born at Black River, Jefferson county, N. Y., September 16, 1855. He was educated in the public schools of his native town and at an early age entered the shoe store of John Prouty as a clerk and remained in that capacity for nine years, when he accepted a position with a wholesale boot and shoe house in Springfield, Mass., as traveling salesman, in whose employ he remained for fourteen years. He at this time embarked in business in company with James E. Reeves, under the style of Allen & Reeves, which firm is now one of the leading shoe dealers in Watertown. Mr. Allen was married June 23, 1882, to Carrie A. Moffett of Watertown, and they have two children.

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The Boston History Co., Publishers 1898

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