Charles Frederick Allison

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Charles Frederick Allison
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Charles Frederick Allison by William Gush
Born(1795-01-25)January 25, 1795[1]
DiedNovember 20, 1858(1858-11-20) (aged 63)[1]
Spouse(s)Milcah Trueman (1840-1858)[1]
Wesleyan Academy, Mount-Allison, Sackville, New-Brunswick, North America (1852)[2]

Charles Frederick Allison (January 25, 1795 – November 20, 1858) was a Canadian merchant, philanthropist, and the founder of Mount Allison University.[3]


Allison's grandfather Joseph had emigrated from Ireland to Canada in the late 18th century because of the after effects of a dinner with the local government tax collector. Wanting to impress the man, the family had set the table with their one valuable possession; silver spoons. After entertaining their guest, the Allisons were informed by the tax collector that if they could afford silver spoons, then they could certainly afford to pay more taxes. The Allisons left Ireland shortly thereafter. The offending spoons are now on display in the main university library.[4]

Early life[edit]

Allison was born in Nova Scotia but arrived in Sackville, New Brunswick in 1816 at the age of 21.

Mount Allison University[edit]

In June 1839, Allison was encouraged by Wesleyan Methodist Minister Reverend John Bass Strong that a school of elementary and higher learning be built. He offered to purchase a site in Sackville, to erect a suitable building for an academy, and to contribute operating funds of 100 pounds a year for 10 years. This offer was accepted and the Wesleyan Academy for boys subsequently opened in 1843.[5]


  1. ^ a b c d e Charles Allison biography
  2. ^ "Wesleyan Academy, Mount-Allison, Sackville, New-Brunswick, North America" (PDF). The Wesleyan Juvenile Offering: A Miscellany of Missionary Information for Young Persons. Wesleyan Missionary Society. IX: 120. October 1852. Retrieved 24 February 2016.
  3. ^ History and Facts[permanent dead link] Mount Allison University
  4. ^ Mount Allison University | Charles F. Allison Monologue
  5. ^ John G. Reid, “ALLISON, CHARLES FREDERICK,” in EN:UNDEF:public_citation_publication, vol. 8, University of Toronto/Université Laval, 2003–, accessed January 27, 2015, Project Gutenberg EBook #6466 of 'The Intellectual Development of the Canadian People, A historical review' by John George Bourinot, House of Commons, Ottawa, February 17th, 1881