George H. Allen (1840-1923) was born in Manchester, New Hampshire, and later moved to Lynn, Massachusetts. During the Civil War, he enlisted in the Third Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry. His father, Jacob A. Allen, along with James Boyden, founded Allen & Boyden, a box manufacturer based in Lynn and Beverly, Massachusetts. George H. Allen worked for Allen & Boyden, eventually taking sole ownership before selling the company in 1920. He was a student of Mary Baker Eddy's, receiving instruction from her in Lynn in 1870. He was also an active member of the early Christian Scientist Association, appearing in records until about 1881.