Edward Archibald Allen (3 Oct. 1843-22 Sep. 1922)

Edward Archibald Allen was the son of Archibald Allen (1795-1846) of Suffolk in Nansemond County, VA, and his wife, Mary Louisa (Swepson) Allen (1810-1860). He served in the Confederate Army during the Civil War, as a private in Company C, 13th Virginia Cavalry.

After the war ended, Edward A. Allen attended the University of Virginia in sessions 43-44 (1866-1868). Allen was employed as a professor of language at Farmville Female College (now Longwood University in Farmville, VA), then as a professor of English at the University of Missouri from 1885-1910. The Edward A. Allen Auditorium in the Arts & Science Building at the University of Missouri-Columbia is named in honor of Allen’s many years of exemplary service.

In 1874, Allen married Priscilla Armistead Saunders (1850-1947). Their children were: Edward, Mary, Robert R., Archibald, Mary, Bernard, and John Paul Allen. Edward A. Allen died in Columbia, MO, and is buried at Cedar Hill Cemetery in Suffolk, VA.

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