William Henry Allen (academician)

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This article is about the second president of Penn State University. For the U.S. Navy officer, see William Henry Allen.
For other people named William Allen, see William Allen (disambiguation).
For other people named Henry Allen, see Henry Allen (disambiguation).
William Henry Allen
William Henry Allen.jpg
2nd President of the
Pennsylvania State University
In office
Preceded by Evan Pugh
Succeeded by John Fraser
Personal details
Born (1808-03-27)March 27, 1808
Readfield, Maine
Died August 29, 1882(1882-08-29) (aged 74)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Alma mater Bowdoin College

William Henry Allen (March 27, 1808 – August 29, 1882) was an American professor and academic administrator. A graduate of Bowdoin College, he served as acting president of Dickinson College from 1847 until 1848, and later was selected as the second president of the Pennsylvania State University, serving from 1864 until 1866.


Academic offices
Preceded by
Evan Pugh
Pennsylvania State University President
1864 – 1866
Succeeded by
John Fraser