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Leroy Wright Allen (1882 - 1968)

Leroy Wright (Roy) Allen
Born in Frankfort, Will, Illinois, United Statesmap
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Husband of — married about 1909 [location unknown]
[children unknown]
Died in Orange County, California, United States of Americamap
Profile last modified | Created 24 May 2019
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Roy Allen is Notable.
American entrepreneur who is best known for being a founder and namesake for A&W Root Beer and A&W Restaurants.

Leroy "Roy" Wright Allen was born in Frankfort, Will, Illinois on September 30, 1882.[1][2][3][4] He was a son or Lorenzo Allen and Ellen Lydia Davis.[2]

When Roy was young he went west and worked as a hotelier. While on business in Arizona he met a chemist/pharmacist who claimed to have perfected a mix for root beer. Intrigued, Roy bought the recipe and opened a root beer stand in Lodi, California on June 20, 1919[5]. That stand grew into a chain of drive-in restaurants.

In 1922, one of Allen's employees, Frank Wright joined Allen in a partnership and the drink gained the name "A&W Root Beer".

Roy died in Orange County, California on March 26, 1968[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 California Death Index, 1940-1997, Roy W Allen, 26 Mar 1968; Department of Public Health Services, Sacramento.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Immigration Cards, 1900-1965 [database on-line]. Lehi, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2016.
  3. U.S., World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 2005.
  4. World War II Draft Cards (4th Registration) for the State of California; Record Group Title: Records of the Selective Service System, 1926-1975; Record Group Number: 147. The National Archives at St. Louis; St. Louis, Missouri.
  5. A&W Restaurants, Inc.:It All Started with a Roadside Stand: the 'Roots' of A&W Restaurants
  • United States Census, 1940," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 15 March 2018), Roy W Allen, Councilmanic District 3, Los Angeles, Los Angeles Township, Los Angeles, California, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 60-216, sheet 61A, line 37, family 54, Sixteenth Census of the United States, 1940, NARA digital publication T627. Records of the Bureau of the Census, 1790 - 2007, RG 29. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2012, roll 407.

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