Allen, Charles Herbert



Autograph Slip Signed 7-3/4 x 1-3/4 blue paper

"Allen's political career encompassed the Lowell School Committee, where he was instrumental in starting the Lowell Evening Schools; two terms in the Massachusetts House of Representatives in 1881 and 1882; one term in the Massachusetts Senate in 1883; and elected as a Republican to the Forty-ninth and Fiftieth Congresses, March 4, 1885 to March 3, 1889. Allen was nominated for governor by the Republicans in 1890 but was defeated by William E. Russell.

In 1884, he received the title "Colonel," when Governor George Dexter Robinson appointed him to his personal staff. Allen's large circle of friends always used this designation when addressing him. He also served as Massachusetts Prison Commissioner from 1897 to 1898.

In 1898 President William McKinley named Allen Assistant Secretary of the Navy when Theodore Roosevelt resigned the post to enter the Spanish-American War. He held this position from 1898 to 1900. At the end of the war President McKinley appointed Allen as the first civilian governor of Puerto Rico. Allen retired from this post in 1902 with the island government out of debt and with over one million dollars in its treasury.

Allen married Harriet C. Dean of Manchester, New Hampshire in 1870 and together they raised two daughters, Bertha and Louise. Bertha Allen later married naval officer George W. Logan in 1900 at the Palace (residence) of Governor Charles Allen, Puerto Rico. Louise Allen (1875-1953), a sculptor of portraits, garden and idealistic pieces, she studied at the Rhode Island School of Design and the Boston Museum of Fine Arts. She was a member of many prestigious societies including the Copley Society of Boston and the National Sculpture Society. She completed a World War Memorial in East Greenwich, Rhode Island, and a memorial tablet for Bancroft Hall in Annapolis, Maryland. Louise married Alexander F. Hobbs in 1898 at the "Allen House" in Lowell, they had one son; Allen Hobbs, the 32nd Governor of American Samoa. She divorced Hobbs and married artist Albert Henry Atkins (1899-1951).

Involved in a variety of interests. As a painter, twenty-seven landscape and marine paintings are in the Allen Collection of the Whistler House Museum of Art in Lowell. As a passionate garden, the grounds of Allen and his wife's home "The Terraces" flourished with gardens, fountains, a pergola, and a large gazebo which can be seen in the University of Maasachusetts Lowell, Center for Lowell History, Allen House Collection donated by Walter E. Hayes, groundskeeper.