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Allen, William, 1784-1868

 

Dates

  • Existence: 1784 - 1868

William Allen was born in Pittsfield, MA. on January 2, 1784. After graduating from Harvard University in 1802, he studied ministry for two years with his father, Rev. Thomas Allen, and the Rev. Dr. John Pierce of Brookline, MA. In 1804, Allen became licensed to preach. In 1805, he received his AM from Harvard and became Harvard University's assistant librarian and regent, a position he held until 1810. In 1810, he succeeded his father as pastor of the First Congregational Church of Pittsfield, MA. where he remained for seven years. In 1812, he received an honorary AM from Dartmouth College and in 1817, became Professor of Logic and Metaphysics at the newly established Dartmouth University under the presidency of his father-in-law John Wheelock (DC Class of 1771), former President and Trustee of Dartmouth College. After Wheelock’s death, Allen became the executor of the John Wheelock estate and succeeded his father-in-law as President of Dartmouth University in 1818. However, in 1819, Dartmouth University was disbanded by the Supreme Court ruling. Allen accepted the position of President of Bowdoin College in 1820 and moved to Brunswick, ME. As president of Bowdoin, he established a medical school at the college. In 1831, he was ejected from the presidency as a result of a Maine State Act, but was restored to office two years later. He resigned from Bowdoin in 1838 and retired to Northampton, MA. While at Northampton, he published the third edition of his "American Biographical and Historical Dictionary" (1857). Other works by Allen include "Junius Unmasked" (1828), a memoir of Eleazar Wheelock (1838), and two books of verse: "Wunnissoo, or the Vale of Hoosatunnuk, a Poem" (1856) and "Poems of Nazareth and the Cross" (1.866). William Allen died in Northampton, MA on July 16, 1868.

Found in 13 Collections and/or Records:

Cyrus Perkins letter

Mss 819152
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Identifier: Mss 819152
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Cyrus Perkins letter

Mss 819524
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Identifier: Mss 819524
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Dartmouth University list of appointments for Commencement

Mss 817361
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Identifier: Mss 817361
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Dartmouth University Trustees vote

Mss 818476
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Identifier: Mss 818476
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John Wheelock letter

Mss 815173.2
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Identifier: Mss 815173.2
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John Wheelock letter

Mss 815322
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Identifier: Mss 815322
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Lemuel Merrill bill

Mss 817900
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Identifier: Mss 817900
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Students rooming in Dartmouth Hall list

Mss 817900.1
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Identifier: Mss 817900.1
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W.H. Griswald letter

Mss 817478
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Identifier: Mss 817478
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William Allen diagram

Mss 819204
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Identifier: Mss 819204
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