The Delaware Division of Libraries has recently published a LibGuide entitled Allen McLane: Delaware Revolutionary War Hero. The LibGuide provides a wide variety of information about the Smyrna, Del. patriot including an extensive biography, reading recommendations, a McLane family quiz, quotes and a listing of sites in Delaware and the nation associated with McLane.
Allen McLane (1746-1829) of Duck Creek Hundred served in the House of Assembly from Kent County in 1785 and 1789. He participated in numerous battles during the American Revolutionary War and worked closely with Gen. George Washington at Valley Forge. He was a member of the Delaware Convention that ratified the U.S. Constitution. Later in life, he moved from Kent County to Wilmington, serving as collector of the customs for many years. He belonged to the Society of the Cincinnati, the Masonic order and was a member of the Methodist Church. His will began with the sentence, “I, Allen McLane, of the Borough of Wilmington, in the State of Delaware, Collector of the Customs of the United States for the Delaware District, and a friend and soldier of the American Revolution… .” His son, Louis McLane, became a U.S. representative, senator, secretary of state, secretary of the treasury and minister to England.
On June 30, 2011, the Delaware General Assembly passed Senate Joint Resolution # 7 honoring McLane’s memory and accomplishments.