George N. Allen
ALLEN, George Nelson. b. near Mansfield, Massachusetts, 7 September 1812; d. Cincinnati, Ohio, 9 December 1877. Allen is primarily remembered in hymnody as the probable composer of the hymn tune MAITLAND.
Allen studied music in Boston under Lowell Mason* before leaving Boston in 1832 to follow the famous Boston preacher Lyman Beecher (1775-1863) to Cincinnati, Ohio, when Beecher became president of Lane Seminary. However, because of illness, Allen stayed in northern Ohio, where he attended classes at Western Reserve College (now Western Reserve Academy, Hudson, Ohio). In January 1837, he enrolled as a third-year student at nearby Oberlin Collegiate Institute (now Oberlin College)...
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