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Benjamin Casey Allin, III
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 Added: Jul. 14, 2012
You are not forgotten.BENJAMIN CASEY ALLIN received his education in the public schools of Chicago and graduated from the University of Chicago with a BA degree in 1908. Choosing Civil Engineering as his profession, he started his career during his last two years in college by working as a surveyor for the Illinois Central Railroad. After his graduation he worked in the same capacity for the Board of Insular Affairs in the Philippines. During his service there he compiled and had published the Visayan English Dictionary (Allin's Standard English-Philippine Dictionary). Returning to the states in 1912, he became associated with the Illinois Steel Company, in the production department. In 1916 he returned to railroading, serving the Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific Railway in bridge evaluation. In the early days of World War I he was commissioned a Captain in the U.S. Army, in command of Company B, 108th Engineers; later becoming the Commanding Officer of the 427th Engineer Depot Detachment, and then Camp Engineer Officer, Camp Logan, Texas.On his return to civilian life in 1919, Mr. ALLIN was made Director of the Port of Houston, Texas, which was then under construction. He engineered and directed the building of this large, deep-water port, which is fifty miles inland from the Gulf of Mexico, and connected by the Houston Ship Channel, making it a world port for cargo vessels. At this same time he was made Secretary of the Harris County Houston Ship Channel Navigation District; Secretary of the Board of Control of the Port Terminal Railway Association, Houston, Texas, and Vice-Chairman, Houston Port & Traffic Bureau. The giant project of building the Port of Houston was finished in 1927. In 1930 he was called as Engineering Consultant by the proposed Port of Stockton, at Stockton, California, where he subsequently became the Director of the Port and Chief Engineer. He held this office until 1942. In 1931 he was Engineering Consultant on Port matters to Bhavnager, India, and also to the Port of the Dalles, Oregon, 1934-1937. Mr. ALLIN was commissioned a Major of Engineers, Texas National Guard and Reserve Corps on June 4, 1925; commissioned Lt. Colonel of Engineers, 11th Engineers, Texas National Guard and Reserve Corps on June 26, 1928; 1928-1930, member of the Examining Board for the promotion of Reserve Officers, U.S. Army, at Houston, Texas, and Vice-President of the 33rd Division Officers Club, which was comprised of all officers of the division. In 1931 he resigned from the Texas National Guard. After his removal from Houston to Stockton, California he was appointed Lt. Colonel of Engineers, State Staff, California National Guard, and acting Division Engineer of the 36th Division on March 17, 1937, and also made Acting Division Engineer of the 40th Division, California National Guard. He held both appointments until 1939. On July 15, 1942, he was commissioned Lt. Colonel of the Transportation Corps, and assigned to the San Francisco Port of Embarkation, his first duty in World War II. From September,1942 until January, 1943, he served as Superintendent of Army Transportation Service, at the Boston Port of Embarkation. January, 1943 found him at Control Division Headquarters, Army Services Forces, Pentagon Building, Washington, D.C. During his fulfilment of this office it was his duty to make a tour of inspection of overseas Port facilities in South America, Africa, and Asiatic theaters - a 34,000 mile trip that included Jerusalem, Persia, and India. In August, 1943, he was assigned Chief of Transportation of the Trinidad Sector and Base Command at Trinidad, BWI, and where he was later promoted to Colonelo, Transportation Corps. On July 7, 1944, he was relieved from active duty to assume the position of Director of Planning, Construction, and Operations of air and water facilities for the Port of Greater Miami, Florida, to which office he had been appointed on June 1, 1944.In the course of his career he has contributed much to the profession of Civil Engineering. He is holder of patent #1,480,136 of January 8, 1942, which covers an arrangement and relationship of railroad trackage and wharves; originator and co-author of "Glossary of Port Terms", 1927, prepared by the American Association of Port Authorities, and designed to standardize the use of terminology in port matters; author of numerous articles on port matters; author of amendments to intercoastal Shipping Act, 1933, and Maritime Act, 1936 (paragraph 205), referred to as "ALLIN Amendments", and author of various articles from time to time as follows: "An Interesting Port Situation in India", in Jan-Feb, 1932, THE MILITARY ENGINEER; "The Port Terminal Railroad", in WORLD PORTS, Jan 1929; "Der Neue Hafen in Bhavagar, Vorderindien", in November 1936, WERFTREEDEREI HAVEN: "India's Newest Port, May 30, 1936, SHIPPING REGISTER AND WORLD PORTS, October 31, 1936; "The Progress of the Port of Stockton, 1856-1935", STATE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE, CALIFORNIA JOURNAL OF DEVELOPMENT, May 1935; "Port of Stockton Developing Plan Balances Warehouse and Berthing Space", in May 1935, WESTERN CONSTRUCTION NEWS; treatise, dated 1935, covering railroad service at wharves, presented at Twelfth Annual Convention of the American Association of Port Authorities, New Orleans, December 10-12, 1923; article "Railroads Serving Ports", presented to the International Association of Navigation Congresses, Venice, Italy, 1931; an article, "Comparison and Coordination of the Various Types of Communications Serving Seaports", which was to be presented to the IANC at Berlin, Germany, June 1940. In 1931 he was selected by the government to represent this country in the preparation of a report covering the problems of railroads serving ports, and in 1937 was authorized by the Federal Government to make a tour of inspection of ports around the world.Mr. ALLIN's hobby was music composition, and he held active member ship in various California music clubs. His religious affiliation was with the Episcopal Church where he had served as Vestryman, Senior Warden, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Vice-President of the Executive Council and member of the Executive Council, Province of the Pacific. He also held membership in a number of professional, leaned, civic and fraternal associations including the Virginia Society of the Cincinnati. He was Historian General of the Military Order of World Wars and Chairman of Historical Archives, Hoover Library, at Stanford University, Palo Alto, California. [Source of biography unknown] Benjamin Casey ALLIN III and David Henry LANDER are 2nd cousins 3 times removed. Their common ancestors are Maj. Thomas ALLIN Sr. and Mary Ann Mourning JOUETT.
- David Lander
 Added: Oct. 2, 2006

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