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ALLEN, Benjamin, clergyman, born in Hudson, New York, 29 September 1789; died at sea, 13 January 1829. He was educated a Presbyterian, but united with the Episcopal Church and became a lay reader, laboring among the colored people of Charleston, Virginia ; then a deacon, and in 1818 a priest. He published in 1815 the weekly "Layman's Magazine," and in 1820 an abridgment of Burnet's "History of the Reformation." In 1821 he was chosen rector of St. Paul's Church, Philadelphia. In 1827 he established a printing-house for the publication of tracts and printing of prayer-books. He published "Christ and Him Crucified," and " Living Manners," a tale (1822); "History of the Church ofChrist" (1823-'24); "The Parent's Counsellor, a Narrative of the Newton Family," and a "Sketch of the Life of Dr. Pihnore," his predecessor in St. Paul's Church (1825). See Memoirs by his brother (Philadelphia, 1832).
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