(son of Joseph Allen
and grandnephew of Samuel Adams
), was a United States Representative from Massachusetts.
He was born in Worcester, Massachusetts
on August 9, 1797; he attended the Leicester Academy
(1809 - 1811) and Yale College
(1811 - 1812) and studied law. He was admitted to the bar in 1818 and commenced practice in New Braintree
; he returned to Worcester in 1824 and continued the practice of law.
Allen was a Member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives
(1830, 1833, 1835, and 1840); he served in the Massachusetts State Senate
(1836 - 1837). He was a member of the Northeastern Boundary Commission
in 1842; a judge of the Court of Common Pleas (1842-1845) and a delegate to the Whig
National Convention at Philadelphia
in 1848. He was elected as the Free-Soil Party
candidate to Congress (March 4, 1849 - March 3, 1853) and did not seek renomination in 1852. In 1849 he edited the Boston " Whig," afterward called the "Republican."
After leaving Congress, he resumed the practice of law in Worcester. He was a member of the state's constitutional convention
in 1853. He was Chief Justice of the Sufolk County
Superior Court (1859-1867)'
He was a delegate to the peace convention held at Washington, D.C.
in 1861, in an effort to devise a means to prevent the impending Civil War
Charles Allen died in Worcester on August 6, 1869, three days before his 72nd birthday; he was interred in the Rural Cemetery.