Alison, Francis, Dd
Alison, Francis, D.D.
a Presbvterian minister, was born at Lac, County Donegal, Ireland, in 1705. He came to America when about thirty years of age, and engaged in teaching. In May 1737, he was ordained pastor at New London, Pennsylvania, and in 1749 took charge of the Philadelphia Academy, afterwards the University of Pennsylvania, of which he was vice-provost and professor of moral philosophy, at the same time serving as assistant minister of the First Presbyterian Church. He died November 28, 1779. Dr. Alison was a prominent actor in the public enterprises of his time. See Nevin, Presb. Encyclop. s.v.