Biography of Dr. Charles S. Allen
Rensselaer County, NY Biographies





Allen, Charles Sanford, M. D., was born in Greenport, Columbia county, N. Y., June 8, 1824. He is the son of Peter and Hannah (Coval) Allen. Peter Allen was a successful farmer, and he and his wife died in Columbia county. Dr. Allen was educated in the common schools, and at the age of twenty two studied medicine at the Concord Columbia College under Dr. Coffin and also with Dr. Elbridge Simpson of Hudson, N. Y. He graduated from the College of Physicians and Surgeons at Woodstock, a branch of the Crosby Street Institute of New York, June 9, 1849. He came to East Greenbush in 1849 where he remained for one year. In 1841 he came to Greenbush where he has been very successful. He is a member of the New York Medical Society, a member of the New York Medical Association and was one of the founders and an original charter member of both. He is a member of the Rensselaer County Medical Society, and a non resident member of a like society in Albany, and an ee member of the American Medical Association. He was elected coroner of the county in 1849 for three years and served a second term, and in 1862 he was commissioned by Governor Morgan an assistant surgeon of the 124th Regt. of N. Y. Vols., commanded by Colonel Willard of Troy; he withdrew from the position on account of ill health. On September 14, 1857, he was commissioned by Gov. Reuben E. Fenton, surgeon of the 72d Regt. Infantry of National Guards of the State of New York. He was largely instrumental in the liquidation of the village debt, in the securing and erection of the engine house and in the purchase of two handsome fire engines. November 26, 1841, he married Sarah, daughter of Edwin Willis of Greenbush it formerly of London, England. To them were born three daughters and three sons; two of the sons are dead, the other, Dr. W. L. Allen, is now living. Mr. Allen was trustee of school No. 1, for eighteen years. He has been superintendent of the Sunday school for two years, and still connected with the Sabbath school as teacher. He was elected president of the village in 1895, which position he is still holding. He is a commissioner in lunacy, appointed by the State, and is a staunch Republican and a member of the G. A. R., and was appointed health officer of the village by the Board of Health. Dr. W. L. Allen was born November 7, 1860, in Greenbush. He was educated in the Albany Boys' Academy and graduated in 1881 from the Albany Medical College; he also spent one year abroad under Jonathan Hutchinson and Dr. Sutton in England in the London Hospital and Dr. Alichin of Westminster. He practiced one year in Cleveland, Ohio. In 1883 he was married to Abbie J. Dewey by whom he has had two children: Charles S. and William D., eleven and seven years of age. He is an ex member of the American Medical Association, and is a strong temperance man respected by all who knew him.

From:
Landmarks of Rensselaer County
BY: George Baker Aaderson
Published By: D. Mason & Co. Publishers
Syracuse, NY 1897


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