Ebenezer Allen – Statesman, Entrepreneur, Spy

Ebenezar AllenEbenezer Allen – Statesman, Entrepreneur, Spy

Scheduled for release in Fall 2020.

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Ebenezer Allen – Statesman, Entrepreneur, and Spy is the long-overdue biography of Texas attorney Ebenezer Allen. After graduating from Dartmouth College, Allen relocated to Texas and became involved with the nation’s politics. He served as attorney general and secretary of state for Anson Jones and helped coordinate the state’s annexation by the United States. After statehood, Allen became the state’s first elected attorney general. As an attorney in Galveston, he obtained a charter for a rail line from the Gulf Coast to the Red River. When the Civil War broke out, Allen served as a civilian in the Confederate Torpedo Bureau and represented engineers and inventors in their dealings with the Richmond government. He died under mysterious circumstances in Richmond.

Biography from the Handbook of Texas Online

ALLEN, EBENEZER (1804–1863). Ebenezer Allen, early state official and railroad promoter, was born in Newport, New Hampshire, on April 8, 1804. Allen migrated to Texas in the 1830s. He became attorney general of Texas under Anson Jones in December 1844, served a while as secretary of state, and assisted Jones in framing the terms of annexation to the United States. He was attorney general under Governor Peter Hansbrough Bell from 1849 to 1853. In 1848 Allen was instrumental in securing the charter for the Galveston and Red River Railroad Company, and in the 1850s he was a promoter and manager of the Houston and Texas Central Railway. He supported secession and entered the Confederate service at the outbreak of the Civil War. He died in Virginia in 1863.<1>

Ebenezer Allen’s list of associates reads like a who’s who of Texas. Among his contacts were:

<1> Handbook of Texas Online, Claudia Hazlewood, “Allen, Ebenezer,” accessed April 22, 2016, http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/fal18.