Allan Carpenter

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John Allan Carpenter
Born (1917-05-11)May 11, 1917
Waterloo, Iowa
United States of America
Died May 11, 2002(2002-05-11) (aged 85)
Chicago, Illinois
Occupation Author
Nationality American
Genre non-fiction
Literary movement Founded "The Teachers Digest"
Notable awards Life Achievement Award from the University of Northern Iowa, 1988

John Allan Carpenter (born May 11, 1917 in Waterloo, Iowa – May 11, 2002 in Chicago, Illinois)[1][2] “is one of the most respected non-fiction authors in American publishing history”. He was a prolific writer with more than 225 books to his credit. By 1990, his four “enchantment series” were approaching 10 million copies printed.

Among his accomplishments is the founding of the national magazine The Teachers Digest. At the age of 21, he was the director of public relations for Popular Mechanics, a position he held for 19 years. Among his many writings are the sixteen-volume Popular Mechanics Home Handyman Encyclopedia, the 52-volume Enchantment of America state series and his 38-volume Enchantment of Africa series. His book: Illinois: Land of Lincoln, was the official book of the Illinois Sesquicentennial Celebration in 1968. In 1993, he co-authored World Almanac of the U.S.A..

“For more than twenty-five years, intermittently, he served as clerk of Session of the Second Presbyterian Church in Evanston, Illinois.” He has been a member of many non-professional symphony orchestras including the Chicago Business Men's Orchestra. He was a founder and president of the Music Council of Metropolitan Chicago. In 1988, Carpenter received a Life Achievement Award from the University of Northern Iowa. He was president of the Society of Wilson Descendants for more than forty years. Carpenter was a Life Member of the Illinois St. Andrew society.[3]


  1. ^ Hile, Kevin (1995). Something about the Author - Volume 81. Gale Research Company. p. 28. ISBN 0810322919. 
  2. ^ Carpenter, Allan. "Allan Carpenter". genealogybank. Retrieved 17 October 2013. 
  3. ^ The Scottish-American History Club Newsletter, October 1998, page 2.