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ALLEN, William, jurist, born in Philadelphia about 1710; died in England in September 1780. He succeeded his father-in-law, Andrew Hamilton, as recorder of Philadelphia in 1741, and from 1750 to 1774 he was chief justice of Pennsylvania. He aided Benjamin West, and Dr. Franklin was enabled to establish the College of Philadelphia with his cooperation. He was a loyalist, and in 1774 went to England, where he published "The American Crisis," setting forth a plan for restoring the dependence of the American colonies. His son Andrew became attorney general, and wasafter-ward a member of congress and of the committee of safety, but deserted the national cause in 1776. William, another son, served as Lieutenant-Colonel in the continental army, but raised a regiment of loyalists in 1778.
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