September 7, 1812, Mansfield, Massachusetts.

December 9, 1877, Cin­cin­na­ti, Ohio.

Westwood Cemetery, Oberlin, Ohio.


Allen studied music in Bos­ton, Mas­sa­chu­setts, under Low­ell Mason. In 1837, he became an instructor in Science of Music at Ober­lin College, while he was still a student. A year later, he was appointed instructor of Sacred Music, and became a full professor in 1841.

Al­len was also a student of geology, and 1847 became professor of Geology and Natural History.

In 1837, Allen founded the Ober­lin Musical Association (now known as the Musical Union), one of the oldest organizations of its type in Amer­i­ca. In 1844, he compiled the Ober­lin Social and Sab­bath Hymn Book.

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