Allen, Thomas (3)

Allen, Thomas brother of Moses, and first minister of Pittsfield, Mass., was born January 7, 1743, at Northampton. He was educated at Harvard College, and passed A.B. in 1762. After studying theology under the direction of Mr. Hooker of Northampton, Mr. Allen was ordained April 18, 1764. During a ministry of forty-six years he was unwearied in his sacred calling. Besides his stated labors on the Sabbath, he frequently delivered lectures, and in the course of his life preached six or seven hundred funeral sermons. During the war of the Revolution he went out twice as a volunteer chaplain. He died February 11, 1810. — Sprague, Annals, 1, 608; Allen, Biog. Dictionary, s.v.

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