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Allen W. Dodge Papers, 1831-1845

Identifier: MSS 449

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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.


  • 1831-1845


Restrictions on Access

This collection is open for research use.

Biographical Sketch

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.


.5 linear feet (1 box)

Language of Materials



This collection consists of one folder of correspondence and four illustrated notebooks containing lectures from Andover Theological Seminary.

Physical Location

Phillips Library Stacks


The lecture notebooks were donated by A. E. Jewett on October 21, 1941.

Bibliography and Related Material

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.

Processing Information

Collection processed and cataloged by Tamara Gaydos, December 2011.

Inventory prepared by Tamara Gaydos
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Processing of this collection was funded by a grant from the NHPRC (National Historical Publications and Records Commission).

Repository Details

Part of the Phillips Library Repository

Peabody Essex Museum
306 Newburyport Turnpike
Rowley MA 01969 USA