Allen, Ethan, 1737-
military officer; born in Litchfield, Conn., Jan. 10, 1737.
In 1762 he was one of the proprietors of the ironworks at Salisbury, Conn. In 1766) he went to the then almost unsettled domain between the Green Mountains and Lake Champlain, where he was a bold leader of the settlers on the New Hampshire grants in their controversy with the authorities of New York.
(See New Hampshire.) During this period several pamphlets were written by Allen, in his peculiar style, which forcibly illustrated the injustice of the action of the New York authorities.
The latter declared Allen an outlaw.
and offered a reward of £ 150 for his arrest.
He defied his enemies, and persisted in his course.
Early in May, 1775, he led a few men and took the fortress of Ticonderoga.
His followers were called Green Mountain boys.
His success as a partisan caused him to be sent twice into Canada, during the latter half of 1775, to win the people over to the republican cause.
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