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The Phillips Library at the Peabody Essex Museum 132 Essex Street Salem, MA 01970 Phone: 978-745-9500 Fax: 978-531-1516
Dodge, Allen Washington, 1804-1878
Allen W. Dodge (1804-1878) Papers
.5 linear feet (1 box)
This collection consists of one folder of correspondence and four illustrated notebooks containing lectures from Andover Theological Seminary.
Scope and Content Note
This collection consists of one folder of correspondence and four illustrated notebooks containing lectures from Andover Theological Seminary. The correspondence is from various individuals such as Edwin Buckingham, E. Paine, R. Hildreth, B. Poor, Francis Dodge (his uncle), C. Cushing, and P. Fletcher. The letters are mostly addressed to Dodge in New York City and one from his uncle Francis asked for insurance for the cargo on the Brig Rubicon.
Allen Washington Dodge was born in Newburyport, Massachusetts on April 9, 1804. A graduate of Harvard College, he studied law and opened an office in New York City where he practiced for four years (1830-1835). He was one of the founders of The Knickerbocker Magazine and contributed articles to that literary publication. On November 28, 1832, he married Eliza Green Tileston (1811-1834) in Haverhill, Massachusetts. They had three children who died in infancy. In October 1834, Eliza Tileston Dodge died and Allen Dodge, who had been a Unitarian, renounced his religion and converted to Congregationalism. He decided to leave the law profession and become a preacher. He then attended the Andover Theological Seminary, but never preached. He returned to his native Hamilton, Massachusetts and spent the remainder of his life there on his uncle Francis' farm. He was elected Treasurer of Essex County, Massachusetts an office which he held for 26 years until his death. In 1840, he married Eunice Brown Whittredge and they had five children: Francis, Lewis Allen, Caroline W., Mary, and Alice W. He served for years in both the House and State Senate and was prominent in founding the Agricultural College in Amherst, Massachusetts. He died on May 17, 1878.
This collection is indexed under the following headings in Philcat. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons, or places should search the catalog using these headings.
Cushing, Caleb, 1800-1879
Dodge, Allen W. (Allen Washington), 1804-1878
Andover Theological Seminary
Essex County (Mass.)
New York (N.Y.)
Restrictions on Access
This collection is open for research use.
Request for permission to publish material from the collection must be submitted in writing to the Manuscript
Librarian in the Phillips Library at the Peabody Essex Museum.
Allen W. Dodge Papers, MSS 449, Phillips Library, Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Mass.
The lecture notebooks were donated by A. E. Jewett on October 21, 1941.
Collection processed and cataloged by Tamara Gaydos, December 2011.
Dodge, Joseph Thompson. Genealogy of the Dodge Family of Essex County, Mass. Madison, WI: Democrat Printing, 1894.
Hamilton, Gail. "Divine Guidance: Memorial of Allen W. Dodge." The New Englander and Yale Review Vol. 40. New York: D. Appleton & Co., 1881: 411-12.