Ira Allen

Ira Allen, younger brother of the patriot Ethan Allen, was born in Connecticut in 1751 and played a major role in the founding of Vermont. He owned a large amount of land and was heavily involved in trade in the young Republic. In 1796, Allen traveled on the American ship Olive Branch with fifteen thousand muskets meant to equip French-Canadian and American recruits for a rebellion in Canada. A British warship captured the Olive Branch, however, and Allen spent the next several years in confinement and legal battles. By the time he returned to Vermont in 1801, creditors had taken most of his properties and, fleeing debtor’s prison, Allen moved south. He died poor in Philadelphia in 1814, and was buried in an unmarked grave in the Free Quaker Cemetery.

Title
Ira Allen
Artists
Copy after William Wood
Date
20th century
Location
Not on view
Dimensions
sight 3 122 34 in. (8.87.0 cm) oval
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Mrs. Norvin H. Green

Mediums
Mediums Description
watercolor on ivory
Classifications
Keywords
  • Portrait male – Allen, Ira – bust
Object Number
1941.5.3
Palette
Linked Open Data
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