Portrait of Ethan Allen

Ethan Allen played a key role in the capture of Fort Ticonderoga at the start of the American Revolution and in helping the New Hampshire Grants become the state of Vermont.

Ethan Allen

January 21, 1738–February 12, 1738 — Revolutionary War Hero

Ethan Allen was a Revolutionary War hero, and leader of the Green Mountain Boys. He was also a key figure in the push for independence and statehood for Vermont.


Ethan Allen helped start the Green Mountain Boys and was one of their leaders early in the American Revolution. On May 10, 1775, the Green Mountain Boys and Benedict Arnold took Fort Ticonderoga from the British. This was the first offensive victory for American forces during the war, and eventually led to the American invasion of Canada later in the year.

Key Facts

  • Born in Lichtfield, Connecticut on January 21, 1738
  • Volunteered for the militia in 1757 and Fought in the French & Indian War
  • Purchased land in the New Hampshire Grants (Vermont) in 1757
  • Helped organize the Green Mountain Boys militia in 1770
  • Aided in the capture of Fort Ticonderoga in 1775
  • Captured by the British during a failed attack on Montreal in 1775
  • Spent two years in prison in Cornwall, England
  • After he returned to America in 1778, he did not serve in the war
  • He focused on helping Vermont gain independence and statehood

Citation Information

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  • Article Title Ethan Allen
  • Coverage January 21, 1738–February 12, 1738
  • Author
  • Keywords Ethan Allen
  • Website Name American History Central
  • Access Date October 23, 2021
  • Publisher R.Squared Communications, LLC
  • Original Published Date
  • Date of Last Update April 28, 2021
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