Robert Porter Allen
Born on February 6, 1835, in Armstrong Township, Lycoming County, Robert was the son of Charles and Rachel (Porter) Allen. He attended public schools in Williamsport; Dickinson Seminary; graduated from Lafayette College in 1855; studied law under former Senator Robert Fleming; and graduated from Harvard Law School. He was admitted to the Lycoming bar in 1858. Allen enlisted as 2d Cpl., Woodward Guards (first responders) on April 24, 1861; deployed to Hagerstown; Williamsport; engaged the enemy at Falling Waters (W.Va.); Martinsburg; Bunker Hill; Charlestown, and Harpers Ferry. He mustered out on July 24, 1861; resumed practice; served in the state Senate, 1876-78; member of State Democratic Executive Committee, 1883; Democratic National Convention, 1884; and temporary chair of the state convention, 1885. He married Ellen E. Fleming, the daughter of his mentor, Senator Robert Fleming. The Hon. Robert P. Allen passed away in Williamsport on Dec. 4, 1890.