New York legislator, Shorthorn breeder and founder of the first Shorthorn registry in the United States.
1800-1890 | Artist: Robert Wadsworth Grafton (1876-1936)
Impact & Accomplishments
Breeder Lewis Falley Allen was born in Westfield, Massachusetts, but settled in Buffalo, New York.
He established the first Shorthorn registry in 1846, which was merged with two other registries in 1883, to form a unified herd book under the auspices of the American Shorthorn Breeders’ Association.
Allen, the uncle of President Grover Cleveland, published many books on Shorthorns as well as an overview of American Cattle and a study of Rural Architecture. He was president of the New York Agricultural Society and served as a state legislator, championing the efforts to expand and maintain canals to bring agricultural goods to markets.
Did You Know?
Allen Street and Allentown in Buffalo are named after Allen.