William Outis Allison

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William Outis Allison (1849 – December 18, 1924) was the first Mayor of Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey after it split from Englewood, New Jersey in 1895 and served four terms in office.[1][2]


Allison was born in 1849 in Undercliff (now Edgewater, New Jersey).[1]

His home burned to the ground in November 1903, resulting in a loss estimated at $75,000.[3]

He died on December 18, 1924, at his apartment at 115 West Sixteenth Street in Manhattan.[4] He was buried in Brookside Cemetery in Englewood, New Jersey. His estate was worth over $3,000,000.[5]


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Allison Park". http://www.njpalisades.org/history.htm. Retrieved 2011-10-20. "Allison Park is named for William O. Allison (1849-1924), who had an estate at this location. ... He became the first mayor of Englewood Cliffs, and sold some riverfront property to the Carpenter brothers for their quarry operation." 
  2. Bobbie Bouton-Goldberg (1998). Englewood and Englewood Cliffs. Arcadia Publishing. p. 31. http://books.google.com/books?id=D6cDENmTV6MC&pg=PA31&dq=William+Allison+englewood&hl=en&ei=v9OkTuKaJ4fj0QHbhrCxDQ&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=3&ved=0CD0Q6AEwAg#v=onepage&q=William%20Allison%20englewood&f=false. "Born in 1849 in Undercliff, Allison rose from the foot of the cliff to the top. ... Defeated in his bid for road commissioner, Allison sued Englewood disputing the voting rights of female landowners and the service ..." 
  3. Staff. "MAYOR ALLISON'S HOME BURNED; Englewood's Chief Executive and Family Fled tor Life -- Loss, $75,000.", The New York Times, November 8, 1903. Accessed December 5, 2013.
  4. Staff. "William O. Allison Dies", The New York Times, December 19, 1924. Accessed December 5, 2013.
  5. "William Outis Allison". http://www.njpalisades.org/cn2011_03-04.htm. Retrieved 2011-10-24.