Allen, Ethan was born on May 12, 1832 in Monmouth Company, New Jersey, United States. Son of Samuel Fleming and Phœby (Goble) Allen.
Bachelor of Arts, Brown U., 1860, A.M., 1870. Bachelor of Laws, valedictorian, U. City of New York, 1861. Recruited a brigade for Civil War, but did not enter service because ordered by Secretary of War to remain in civil service.
Deputy United State Attorneys, Southern District, New York, 1861-1869, appointed by President Lincoln chairman National Committee of Liberal Representatives to make Horace Greeley president. President Cuban League United States, 1870-1872, 1896-1898. Retired, 1890. Author: Washington, or the Revolution (history American Revolution in dramatic form, blank verse.
Also in prose); Rozina (drama). Home: New New York New York.
Married Eliza Clagett, August 20, 1861 (died 1899).