The Biographical Dictionary of America/Allen, Alexander Viets Griswold
ALLEN, Alexander Viets Griswold, author, was born at Otis, Mass., May 4, 1841. He was graduated at Kenyon college, Gambier, Ohio, in 1862, and at Andover theological seminary in 1865. He was a resident licentiate of Andover, Mass., 1865-'67. He took orders in the Protestant Episcopal church, being ordained a deacon, July 5, 1865, and priest, June 24, 1866. He was rector of St. John's church, Lawrence, Mass., 1865-'67, and professor of ecclesiastical history at the Episcopal theological school, Cambridge, Mass., from 1867. He received the degree D.D. from Kenyon 1878; from Harvard, 1886, and from Yale, 1901. He was elected a member of the Massachusetts historical society. He published: "The Continuity of Christian Thought" (1884); his Bohlen lectures under the title "The Greek Theology and the Renaissance of the Nineteenth Century" (1884); "Jonathan Edwards" (1889); Memoir of Phillips Brooks" (1891); "Religious Progress" (1894); "Christian Institutions" (1897) and "Life and Letters of Bishop Brooks (1900).