Alvaren Allen

Alvaren Allen (September 25, 1822 – November 8, 1907)[1] was a businessman and Democratic politician who served as the second mayor of St. Anthony, Minnesota.

Alvaren Allen
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Mayor of St. Anthony, Minnesota
In office
April 9, 1856 – August 23, 1856
Preceded byHenry T. Welles
Succeeded byDavid A. Secombe
Personal details
Born(1822-09-25)September 25, 1822
Morristown, New York
DiedNovember 8, 1907(1907-11-08) (aged 85)
St. Paul, Minnesota
SpouseLouisa Chase Sowles

Life and careerEdit

Allen was born in 1822 to Aaron Allen and Elizabeth Allen (née Gould). In 1837 he moved to Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin with his father and later attended school in Beloit, Wisconsin. After working in the Milwaukee area for a brief period he decided to move west. In 1851 he left for Dubuque, Iowa and later took a steamship up river to St. Paul, Minnesota.[2]

Allen gradually built a very successful stagecoach business with lines running across Minnesota and into Wisconsin. In 1856 he was elected the second mayor of St. Anthony, Minnesota (though he resigned midway through his term).[3] In 1869, Allen sold his stagecoach business and invested in railroads including the Northern Pacific Railway and the St. Paul and Duluth Railroad. He also purchased the Merchants Hotel in St. Paul.[2]

In September 1884, Allen was the highest bidder for the right to exhibit the Lakota chief Sitting Bull. He organized a 15 city tour which kicked off at his hotel in St. Paul. This took place a year before he toured with the Buffalo Bill's Wild West show.[4]

Allen lived in St. Paul and operated the Merchants Hotel until shortly before his death in 1908.[2]


  1. ^ "Colonel Alveren Allen Dead" - The Worthington Advance, Worthington, MN, 8 Nov 1907, page 8.
  2. ^ a b c Warner, George E.; Foote, Charles M. (1881). History of Ramsey County and the City of St. Paul. Minnesota: North Star Publishing Company. pp. 486–487.
  3. ^ Neill, Edward D. (1881). History of Hennepin County and the City of Minneapolis. Minneapolis: North Star Pub. Co. p. 380.
  4. ^ Vestal, Stanley (2014). Sitting Bull: Champion of the Sioux. University of Oklahoma Press. p. 250. ISBN 9780806187662.