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Calvin Francis Allen


Calvin Francis Allen, American engineer. Member Advisory Zoning Common for Boston, 1922-1923.


Allen, Calvin Francis was born on July 10, 1851 in Roxbury (Boston), Massachusetts, United States. Son of Calvin and Ann Priscilla (Watson) Allen.


Graduate Roxbury Latin School, 1868. Bachelor of Science, Massachusetts Institute Technology, 1872. England D., Northeastern University, 1938.


Assistant engineer water works or sewers, Providence, Rhode Island, and Newton, Massachusetts, 1872-1878. Assistant engineer A., T. & S.F.R.R., 1878-1885 (except 1 year chief engineer water works at Las Vegas, New Mexico). Assistant professor 1887, later associate professor and professor railroad engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Retired under Carnegie Foundation, 1916 (professor emeritus). Admitted to New Mexico bar, 1885, Massachusetts bar, 1901. City attorney, Socorro, New Mexico, 1886.

Member school committee, Sharon, Massachusetts, 1892-1895 (chairman 1893-1895). Honorary member Boston Society Civ. Engineers (ex-president), American Society Civil Engineers, Massachusetts Highway Association (ex-president), New England R.R. Club (ex-president).

Member American Railway Engineering Association (life), Society Prom. Engineering Education (ex-secretary, ex-president), Technology Club (ex-secretary). Member commission on public utilities Boston Chamber of Commerce (but not a member of the Chamber).

Has been member Publication Committee, Technology Review. Also of Journal of Massachusetts Highway Association.


  • Author: Railroad Curves and Earthwork, 1889. Tables for Earthwork Computation, 1893. Field and Office Tables, 1903.

    Business Law for Engineers, 1917. Household fuel economy agent for Massachusetts in the United States Fuel Administration, September 1-December 31, 1918.


Member Advisory Zoning Common for Boston, 1922-1923.


Married Caroline Elizabeth Hadley, June 21, 1888. Children: Mildred, Margaret, Frances (deceased).

Calvin Allen

Ann Priscilla (Watson) Allen

Caroline Elizabeth Hadley

Mildred Allen

Margaret Allen

Frances Allen (deceased)