- William E. Eaton
Allyn, Robert (25 January 1817–07 January 1894), educator, was born near Ledyard, Connecticut, the son of Charles Allyn and Lois Gallup, farmers. The family had been among the original settlers of the eastern Connecticut region. After receiving an education in the area’s district schools, Allyn attended Bacon Academy at nearby Colchester, Connecticut, in preparation for college. While a student at Bacon Academy, Allyn followed the common practice of teaching at a district school during the academy’s winter quarter, teaching first at Lynne and then at Bozrah. Allyn enjoyed teaching, and he was deemed successful by the parents of schoolchildren in those districts. His dilemma, which recurred throughout his early life, was whether to be a teacher or preacher....