Member Biography

Orrin C. Allen 

Sessions Office Position District Party
1887-1888       48 Republican
1889-1890       48 Republican

COUNTIES: Venango, Warren  


05/01/1840 - 07/14/1914

Orrin C. Allen (R48) Venango and Warren Counties 1887-1890

Early Life:

Orrin C. Allen born May 1, 1840, Russellburg, Pine Grove Township, Warren County, Pennsylvania; Jamestown Academy; Randolph Academy; read law with Scofield and Brown, Warren, Pennsylvania; admitted, law practice, Scofield and Brown, Warren, Pennsylvania, 1864; elected, district attorney of Warren County, 1864; appointed postmaster, Warren County, 1877-1885, elected, Pennsylvania State Senate, 1887-1890; married, Maria Cordelia Cook; died, July 15, 1914, Russellburg, Warren County, Pennsylvania. Burial location unknown.

Pennsylvania Politics:

Elected, district attorney of Warren County, 1864. 

Appointed postmaster, Warren County, 1877-1885.

Elected, Republican, Pennsylvania State Senate, 48th district, Venango and Warren Counties, 1887-1890; committee assignments, Appropriations, Elections Judiciary (Special) (Chairman), Legislative Apportionment, Pensions and Gratuities.


Brother, Brevet Brigadier General Harrison Allen, Pennsylvania State Senate, 28th district, Mercer, Venango and Warren Counties, 1870-1871; 30th district, Erie and Warren Counties 1872. Harrison Allen  - Pennsylvania Senate Library (


Cox, Harold. Senate Members "A" ( Wilkes University Election Statistics ProjectWilkes University.

Smull’s Legislative Handbook, (1890) Cochran, T.B., (Editor) Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, pages 697, 702-704, Biographical Sketches of Senators, page 664.