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Benjamin Allen (17721836)


In 1828 Smith Thompson recommended Allen's Hyde Park school to Bushrod Washington.


Benjamin Allen was born on 8 October 1772 in Kingston, Rhode Island. A 1797 graduate of Rhode Island College (now Brown University), he briefly tutored at that institution before his appointment as Professor of Mathematics and Natural Philosophy at Union College in Schenectady, New York. He thereafter worked as principal of Dummer Academy (Byfield, MA), principal of The Albany Academy, and Professor of Ancient Languages at the University of Pennsylvania.


Catalogue of the Officers and Students of Dummer Academy, Byfield, Mass., 1844 (London: Forgotten Books, 2018 reprint).

John T. McClintock, ed., Our Academy, Vol. I, Students, Families, and Achievements: The First Century of Albany Academy.

American Farmer, Volume 11, Number 20 (31 July 1829), 153.

New York Evening Post, 1 August 1836, page 2, column 4 (

Vermont Chronicle (Windsor), 4 August 1836, page 3, column 6 (

Benjamin Allen LLD in Potter Simonin Family Tree (

Benjamin Allen at Find a Grave.

Benjamin Allen at FamilySearch.