Allen, William, 1784-1868

Allen, William, 1784-1868

 

Dates

  • Existence: 1784 - 1868

Biography

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 17 Collections and/or Records:

W.H. Griswald letter

Mss 817478
 Collection
Identifier: Mss 817478
Date(s): 1817-08
Abstract

In English.

William Allen diagram

Mss 819204
 Collection
Identifier: Mss 819204
Date(s): 1819-03-04
Abstract

In English.

William Allen History of Moor's Charity School

Mss 817172.4
 Collection
Identifier: Mss 817172.4
Date(s): 1817-02-22
Abstract

In English.

William Allen letter

Mss 812504
 Collection
Identifier: Mss 812504
Date(s): 1812-09-04
Scope and Contents

Three-page letter from William Allen of Pittsfield to John Wheelock in Hanover, New Hampshire discussing commencement at Williams College and the War.

William Allen letter

Mss 820168.1
 Collection
Identifier: Mss 820168.1
Date(s): 1820-02-18
Abstract

In English.

William Allen papers

MS-916
 Collection
Identifier: MS-916
Date(s): 1810 to 1826
Abstract William Allen (DC Honorary 1812) contain correspondence, letters and documents related to Dartmouth University and the Dartmouth College Case, two unpublished books, a manuscript memoir, seven writings, leases and financial records, and miscellaneous notes and accounts. WA was a Dartmouth College trustee, President of the short-lived Dartmouth University, 1818-1819, and President of Bowdoin College, 1820-1838. The papers document his tenure as minister in Massachusetts, his college...

William Allen to David McClure

McClure MS-1311: David McClure papers
 Folder: 817260, Box: 5
Date(s): 1817-04-10
Scope and Contents

Letter from William Allen in which he notifies him of the death of John Wheelock (photocopy)

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