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...that Francis Allison, another Donegal born Presbyterian minister, was a student of Francis Hutcheson and as a teacher played a crucial key role in transmitting Hutcheson’s political thought to the American colonies and in shaping opinion on American independence.

Born at Leck near Letterkenny, he emigrated to America in 1735 after graduating from Glasgow. He ran an academy at Philadelphia and was recognized by Benjamin Franklin as a man of ‘great ingenuity and learning’.  Three of Allison’s pupils were members of the Continental Congress in Philadelphia and signatories of the Declaration of Independence: Thomas McKean, Charles Thomson and George Read.

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