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Roger Allin is Born

Today in Masonic History Roger Allin is born in 1848.

Roger Allin was a British born American politican.

Allin was born in Bradworthy, Devonshire, England on December 18th, 1848. When his father passed away, his family moved to Ontario, Canada. He was educated in public schools in Canada.

Allin was married twice. He married Isabella McKensie on March 22nd, 1881. He would in 1918, marry Anna McKensie, his first wife's neice.

After his marriage ot Isabella, Allin served in the Dakota Territorial Council from 1887 to 1889. Also in 1889 he served as a delegate to the North Dakota Constituational Covention. At the convention there were seventy-five delegates, of those, twenty-three, including Allin, were foreign born. There were no members of the Convention who were born in the North Dakota territory. The primary purpose of the convention was to authroize North Dakota statehood.

Allin would go on to serve, also in 1889, in the North Dakota Senate. He would serve two years until 1891. In 1891 he was elected lieutenant Governor. He would serve in that office until 1893.

In 1894, Allin was elected by popular vote to be the fourth Governor of North Dakota. He would serve in the office until 1897. During his tenure as Governor, largely he had to deal with the fallout from the Panic of 1893, a serious economic depression in the United States. In 1898, he lost his bid for re-election, he retired from politics and returned to his farming interests.

Allin passed away on January 1st, 1936.

Allin was a member of Golden Valley Lodge No. 6 in Park River, North Dakota.