Lt. Col. Allen Allensworth

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Lt. Col.(USA), Allen Allensworth

Birthdate:
Birthplace: Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky, United States
Death: September 14, 1914 (72)
Monrovia, Los Angeles County, California, United States (struck and killed by a motorcycle)
Place of Burial: Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Levi ALLENSWORTH and Phyllis Allensworth
Husband of JOSEPHINE ALLENSWORTH
Father of NELLA K. Allensworth and Eva B. Allensworth
Brother of Mary Jane ALLENSWORTH; William ALLENSWORTH; George ALLENSWORTH; Frank ALLENSWORTH and Major ALLENSWORTH

Managed by: John Roberts Zachary
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About Lt. Col. Allen Allensworth

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Allen_Allensworth

Allen Allensworth (7 April 1842 – 14 September 1914), born into slavery, escaped and became a Union soldier; later he became a Baptist minister and educator, and was appointed as a chaplain in the United States Army. He was the first African American to reach the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. He planted numerous churches, and in 1908 founded Allensworth, California, the only town in the state to be founded, financed and governed by African Americans.

During the American Civil War, he escaped by joining the 44th Illinois Volunteers and later served two years in the Navy. After being ordained as a minister, he worked as a teacher, studied theology and led several churches. In 1880 and 1884, he served as the only black delegate from Kentucky in the Republican National Conventions. In 1886 he gained an appointment as a military chaplain to a unit of Buffalo Soldiers and served in the US Army for 20 years, retiring in 1906.

In addition to his work in developing churches, he was notable for founding the township of Allensworth, California in 1908; it was intended as an all-black community. Although environmental conditions inhibited its success as a farming community and the residents abandoned it after a few generations, much of the former town has been preserved as the Colonel Allensworth State Historic Park. It marks the founders' dream and the thriving community that developed for some time.

http://docsouth.unc.edu/neh/alexander/alexander.html

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Lt. Col. Allen Allensworth's Timeline

1842
April 7, 1842
Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky, United States
1880
1880
Age 37
1881
1881
Age 38
1914
September 14, 1914
Age 72
Monrovia, Los Angeles County, California, United States
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Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, United States