Who Was Theodore McAllister?

Theodore McAllister’s eldest son, John, once said, “…father’s experiences would fill a volume…”
 
Our friends at the Cumberland Township Historical Society will be hosting house historian Kendra Debany for an eye-opening presentation on one of Cumberland Township’s prominent past citizens, the Honorable Theodore McAllister.

Through photographs, diaries, maps, family accounts, and the extensive writings of McAllister himself, Debany will explore the exciting and remarkable life of one of Cumberland Township’s long-ago residents.
 
In addition to helping his father hide slaves in the family’s mill on Baltimore Pike, McAllister was also:
  • a Civil War veteran (who shook President Lincoln’s hand and helped scout for the enemy before the Battle of Gettysburg);
  • an Andersonville Prison survivor (who discovered “Providence Spring” with his comrades and nearly lost his life in captivity);
  • an Indian fighter;
  • a state representative; and
  • the local Grand Army of the Republic Commander.
He also held nearly every Cumberland Township office.
 
All are invited to the first CTHS quarterly meeting of 2017.
We hope to see you there!