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Miami-Dade Co. Biographies
ALLEN, Louis Albert
Transcribed from: The History of Florida: Past & Present, The Lewis Publishing Co., Vol III,
page 46, 1923.
ALLEN, LOUIS ALBERT is a sheriff of Dade County. He came into this office with its varied
and important responsibilities, after previous service as a deputy United States marshal.
Still earlier he was actively engaged in business with several Florida firms, and has a wide
acquaintance over the state, while in Dade County his personal popularity is on a par with
his recognized efficiency.
Mr. ALLEN was born at Brooksville, Hernando County, Florida, in 1884, son of HENRY N. and
MARY (BROWN) ALLEN, natives of Georgia. His father was one of six brothers who served the
Confederate Army from Georgia in the war between the states. Only three of them returned
LOUIS ALBERT ALLEN had to confront the serious duties of life at an early age. For several
years he contributed to the support of his widowed mother. He left school at the age of
thirteen, and his education since then has been gained by private study and an active contact
with men and affairs. At the age of fourteen he was put to work packing oranges for Walker
Brothers in Orlando. He performed that and other duties so well that at the age of sixteen
he was made manager of the local plant. For a number of years Mr. ALLEN was a traveling man,
acting as buyer and solicitor for the H. C. Schrader Company of Jacksonville.
About the beginning of the World war he resigned to become deputy marshal at Miami, and
continued in the Federal service until he was promoted by popular vote in November, 1920,
to the office of sheriff of Dade County. He received a total of 5,000 votes for that office.
While sheriff a large part of his duty has been in suppressing bootlegging, and he has
figured in several sensational cases of that kind.
Mr. ALLEN is affiliated with James Carnell Lodge, A. F. and A. M., with the Scottish Rite
and Shrine, the Elks, is a member of the Miami Motor Club and Chamber of Commerce, the
International Sheriffs Association and the International Association for Identifications.
Sheriff ALLEN married Miss MARY LOUISE JENKINS, a native of Habersham County, Georgia, and
member of two old and distinguished families of Upper Georgia. Her father was a gallant
Confederate officer in General Pickett's division and was in Pickett's famous charge at
Gettysburg. On her mother's side she is a member of the McCROSKEY family of Scotch ancestry,
long prominent in North Georgia. Mrs. ALLEN is a member of the Eastern Star, the Southern
Presbyterian Church and is a leading spirit in the Miami Chapter of the United Daughters of
the Confederacy. The three children of Sheriff and Mrs. ALLEN are LOUIS ALBERT Jr., WILLIAM
HUGH and GERALDINE LOUISE.
Transcribed by Nancy Rayburn
©2010 Fran Smith
This page presented August 14, 2010