; born in Niagara, Ontario
, Feb. 19, 1798.
His father was the principal aide on the staff of General Simcoe
during the Revolutionary War
. Allan became a midshipman in 1813, in the British fleet on Lake Ontario
, but soon left the navy and joined the army.
He commanded the British
advanced guard at the battle of Plattsburg
; practised law at Hamilton, Ontario
, after the war, and was in the Canadian Parliament in 1820, being chosen speaker of the Assembly.
In 1837-38 he commanded the militia on the Niagara
frontier, and was a conspicuous actor in crushing the “rebellion.”
He sent a party to destroy the American vessel Caroline
, and for his services at that period he was knighted (see Canada
). After the union of Upper and Lower Canada
, in 1841, he became speaker of the legislature.
He was prime minister under the governorship of Lord Elgin and Sir Edmund Head
, and in 1860 was a member of the legislative council.
He died at Toronto, Canada
, Aug. 8, 1862.