William Allen was himself a very accomplished man when he wrote The American Biographical Dictionary in the early 1800's. Adding to his title as author of this volume he penned two other books: Addresses and Vale of Hoosatunnuk; his personal accomplishments included a stint as President of Bowdoin College, he was a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a Member of the American Antiquarian Society as well as the Historical Societies of Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, New York and New Jersey. The American Biographical Dictionary was a mammoth accomplishment. In this completed 3rd edition, Allen catalogues nearly all of the influential people in America during its colonization, founding and early period, as well as touching on the major events in the history of the entire United States, the many colonies and the States themselves. Thoroughly indexed alphabetically and by vocation or religious affiliation, this edition was published in 1857 by John P. Jewett and Company of Cleveland, Ohio.
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