William Francis Allen

Allen was born in Northborough, Massachusetts on September 5, 1830. He studied in Gottingen, Berlin and Rome, returning to the States in 1856. He was a Unitarian (one who believes in the single personality of God in contrast to the doctrine of the Trinity). He became assistant principal at the English and Classical School in West Newton, Massachusetts, in 1856. During the American Civil War, he and his wife ran a school for newly-emancipated slaves on the Sea Islands of South Carolina. After the war, he taught at Antioch College, and in 1867, he became a professor of ancient languages and history at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He died in December 1889, age 59.



William Francis Allen edited a publication in 1867 named "Slave Songs of the United States". It is nice to see how one of the songs uses God's name.



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