Ethan Allen played an integral role in the American Revolution. He led the Green Mountain Boys to victory over the British in Ticonderoga, New York. He was later taken captive by the British and transported to England. He was returned to the United States but spent much of the remainder of the war as a prisoner. After the war ended, he was promoted to General and was sent to Vermont to deal with boundary issues between Vermont, New York and the British authorities. He would later serve in the Vermont Legislature.
The furniture company was named in his honor by the two founders of the company who wished to memorialize Allen’s contribution to their state of Vermont.
There were so many wonderful illustrations in Hill’s Album of Biography and Art. The 1882 work by Thomas E. Hill has provided more vintage illustrations for Reusable Art than probably any other resource I’ve found.
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