WILLIAM F. ALLEN


From History of Dane County, Wisconsin, publ. by Western Historical Company, Chicago, 1880, page 947

WILLIAM F. ALLEN, A.M., Professor of Latin and History in the University of Wisconsin; was born in Northboro, Mass., Sept. 5, 1830; he fitted for college partly at home and partly at Leicester Academy and Roxbury Latin School; he entered Harvard in 1847, and graduated in 1851; he then taught for three years as private instructor in New York City; in 1854 he went to Europe, studying one term of six months at Berlin, and one at Goettingen; he then went to Italy in the autumn of 1855, giving three months at Rome chiefly to the study of the topography of the Ancient City; he next visited Naples and Greece, returning to the United States in 1856; for the next seven years, Prof. ALLEN taught in the English and Classical School in West Newton, Mass. He was married July 2, 1862, to Mary T. LAMBERT, of West Newton, Mass.; she died March 25, 1865, leaving one child - Katharine. He spent two years in the South in the service of the Freedmen's and Western Sanitary Commission, returning to the North in 1865; he was for one year the Professor of Ancient Languages at Antioch College, Yellow Springs, Ohio, and one year in Eagleswood Military Academy, Perth Amboy, N.J., and in 1867, he was elected to the professorship of Ancient Languages and History in the University of Wisconsin; in 1870, his chair was changed to that of Latin and History, and this position he continues to hold; since 1861, he has been a liberal contributor to general literature, and a well-known author of several standard classical works; a full account of his publications will be found in the chapter on authors in this volume. He was married June 30, 1868, to Miss Margaret L. ANDREWS, of Newburyport, Mass.; they have three children - Andrew, William W. and Philip. Their home is on Langdon street, is a substantial brick residence, surrounded with spacious grounds, well ornamented. Prof. ALLEN is a Director of the Madison Free Library, and a Trustee of Unitarian Church; as a teacher of Latin, he is precise and accurate, he lays especial stress upon literary and historical point of view; his favorite field of investigation is history and antiquities, particularly those of Rome and the Middle Ages; it is probable that no American scholar has a better knowledge of Roman antiquities than Prof. ALLEN.


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