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ALLEN, Andrew, born in Philadelphia in 1740; died in London, England, 7 March 1825. He received a classical education, studied law with his father, William Allen, chief justice of Pennsylvania, was admitted to the bar, and practiced in Philadelphia. He was appointed attorney general in 1766, became a member of the Philadelphia committee of safety, was one of the committee of three appointed by the colonial congress to go to New York and advise with the council of safety of the colony and with General Lee respecting the immediate defense of the city of New York, and was a strong advocate for congressional measures, until the royalist army had taken New York and compelled Washington, with the broken remains of his troops, to cross the Delaware. Terrified by the position of affairs, he went into the British lines, took the oaths of allegiance to the king, renouncing those he had taken to congress, and went to England. As a result, he was attainted and his landed estate forfeited under the confiscation act. On his return to England he was compensated with a pension by the British government of £400 per annum.
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