George Allen (Vermont)

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1868 portrait

George Allen (December 17, 1808 – May 28, 1876) was a noted college professor and clergyman. He was born in Milton, Vermont in 1808, and was the son of U.S. Congressman Heman Allen (of Milton).

He graduated from the University of Vermont in 1827, and became a professor of languages at that school the following year. He left that position in 1830. The following year, he was admitted to the Vermont bar and married Mary Hancock Withington, with whom he would have four children. He was ordained a minister in the Episcopal Church in 1834. He became the professor of languages at Delaware College in 1837, remaining at that post through 1845, when he became professor of Latin and Greek at the University of Pennsylvania, in Philadelphia. Professor Allen published a "Life of Philidor," the chess-player (Philadelphia, 1863). He converted to Roman Catholicism in 1847. He died in Worcester, Massachusetts in 1876.