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HENRY WARE ALLEN


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HENRY WARE ALLEN, President of First National Bank, Troy, is a native of Massachusetts, and was born in Pembroke, that State, April 6, 1822; the family originally came from England the first quarter of the seventeenth century; Rev. Morrill Allen, the fat her of our subject, received a finished education, and became a minister of the Unitarian Church at the age of 22, with which denomination he labored faithfully for nearly four score years, preaching a sermon on his 90th birthday. Mr. Allen, after atten ding the common school near his father's farm, finished his education by studying a short time at the Academy of Hanover and the Normal School at Bridgewater, in Massachusetts; he settled in Troy, Ohio, in the fall of 1848, when he purchased mill propert y, with which business he has been connected ever since; he was a prime mover in the organization of the bank of which he is President, and has always taken a prominent part in all the leading and laudable undertakings of his town and county; at an early day, he identified himself with the manufacturing interests of Troy, and the best and most imposing business block in the town was built by him in 1855. Mr. Allen has been a stanch Republican since the organization of the party, while in religious beli ef he acknowledges his Unitarian creed; as a philanthropist, he enjoys an enviable reputation, while for magnanimity, business ability and unwearying industry, he stands second to none in the community. He married Mrs. Mary D. Hastings Smith in January, 1851; she died the same year; in July, 1853, he married Pemela Hale, daughter of Dr. Asa Coleman, by whom he had ten children, seven of whom are living.

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