Alison, Francis, 1705-1779

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Francis Alison, born in Ireland, 1705. He studied at the University of Glasgow before travelling to America in 1735. In 1737 he became pastor of Pennsylvania's New London Presbyterian Church. Ten years later he opened an academy in New London. Students included three signers of the Declaration of Independence and the Secretary of the Second Continental Congress. In 1752 Alison moved to Philadelphia to take charge of the Philadelphia Academy. He was later appointed Vice-Provost of the newly established University of Pennsylvania, as well as Professor of Moral Philosophy. He was also assistant minister at the First Presbyterian Church. Alison died in 1779.

From the description of Papers, 1743-1871 (bulk, 1743-1780). (Presbyterian Historical Society). WorldCat record id: 48105911

Physician Joseph Carson taught medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. The College of Philadelphia's Medical School, founded in 1765, became known as the University of Pennsylvania, Dept. of Medicine In 1779.

From the guide to the Joseph Carson letters, 1789-1858, 1789-1858, (American Philosophical Society)

Francis Alison was a Doctor of Divinity and Vice Provost, University of Pennsylvania.

From the description of Papers, 1753-1776. (University of Pennsylvania). WorldCat record id: 122597477

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creatorOf Alison, Francis, 1705-1779. Sermons preached at First Presbyterian Church, Philadelphia. Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, Clifford E. Barbour Library
referencedIn Yale College (1718-1887). [Honorary degree] 1775 Sept. 4 [given to] Francisci [i.e. Francis] Alison / Academia Yalensis. Presbyterian Historical Society, PHS
referencedIn American Philosophical Society Archives, 1743-1984 American Philosophical Society
creatorOf Joseph Carson letters, 1789-1858, 1789-1858 American Philosophical Society
creatorOf Alison, Francis, 1705-1779. Papers, 1753-1776. University of Pennsylvania, Archives & Records Center
creatorOf Yeates, Jasper, 1745-1817. Moral philosophy [microform] : Metaphysics. Union Presbyterian Seminary, William Smith Morton Library
referencedIn Carson, Joseph, 1808-1876,. Letters, 1789-1858. American Philosophical Society Library
referencedIn American Philosophical Society Archives. Record Group IIa, 1743-1806 American Philosophical Society
creatorOf Alison, Francis, 1705-1779. Papers, 1743-1871 (bulk, 1743-1780). Presbyterian Historical Society, PHS
referencedIn Dr. Francis Alison, 1705-1779 : records from notebook. Historical Society of Pennsylvania
creatorOf Yeates, Jasper, 1745-1817. Metaphysics : manuscript, 1760. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
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Birth 1705

Death 1779



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