William Reynolds Allen

Associate Justice - NC Supreme Court

Date Born: March 26, 1860

Date Died: September 8, 1921

Place Born: Kenansville, NC

Place Buried: Willow Dale Cemetery in Goldsboro, NC


Associate Justice 1911-1921

William Reynolds Allen was born on March 26, 1860 in Kenansville, NC, the son of William Anderson Allen (lawyer and NC Senator) and Maria Goodwin (Hicks) Allen. He received his initial education at R. W. Millard's School and Samuel Clements's School in Kenansville. From 1876 to 1877, he attended Trinity College (later Duke University); he left Trinity College at the end of his junior year and taught school for almost two years in the town of Auburn in Wake County. Upon returning to Kenansville, he read law with his father and passed his bar examination in the Spring of 1881.

After a short law partnership with his father at home, William Reynolds Allen moved to Goldsboro, the county seat of the adjacent Wayne County.

In 1884, William Reynolds Allen formed the law partnership of Faircloth and Allen.

On November 3, 1886, William Reynolds Allen married Martha "Mattie" Middleton Moore, daughter of Dr. Matt Moore and Martha Middleton Moore of Duplin County; they had five children.

In 1889, William Reynolds Allen was the senior partner of the firm of Allen and Dortch (his colleague's father was William T. Dortch).

In 1892, William Reynolds Allen was first elected as one of two men to represent Wayne County in the NC House of Representatives of the:
- 90th General Assembly that met in 1893
- 93rd General Assembly that met in 1899
- 94th General Assembly that met in 1901

From 1894 to 1895, and from 1903 to 1911, William Reynolds Allen was a Judge in the NC Superior Court and he held hearings in every county of the state.

In the 1910 General Election, William Reynolds Allen was elected as an Associate Justice on the NC Supreme Court, replacing Associate Justice James Smith Manning, who had not sought re-election. He took the oath of office in January of 1911, and served on the court until his death.

On September 8, 1921, William Reynolds Allen died, and he was buried in the Willow Dale Cemetery in Goldsboro, NC.

William R. Allen was born in Kenansville, NC in March of 1860; graduated at Trinity College, NC; studied law under his father and was licensed to practice law in 1881, locating at Goldsboro, NC. He represented Wayne County in the General Assembly in 1893, 1899, and 1901; he was appointed a Judge of the NC Superior Court in August of 1894, but was defeated by his Republican opponent and returned to private practice on January 1, 1895. He was again elected to the NC Superior Court and served eight years, from January 1, 1903, when having been elected to the NC Supreme Court, he took his seat there on January 1, 1911, and was re-elected in 1918.
William Reynolds Allen, Democrat, of Wayne County, was born at Kenansville, North Carolina on March 26, 1860. Son of William A. Allen and Maria Goodwin Hicks. Educated at R.W. Millard's and Samuel Clement's schools, Kenansviolle 1868-1876, and at Trinity College 1876-1877. Studied law under his father. Lawyer. Representative from Wayne County in the General Assembly 1893, 1899, and 1901. Chairman, Board of Education Wayne County. Judge Superior Court 1894-1895, 1903-1911. Elected Associate Justice of the NC Supreme Court 1910. LLD - University of North Carolina. Has been a member Board of Stewards and now Trustee Methodist Orphanage. Married Mattie S. Moore on November 3, 1886. Five children.

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