Thomas M. Allen was a clergyman who played a prominent role in establishing the Christian Church in Missouri.
Allen, Thomas M. was born on October 21, 1797 in Shenandoan (now Warren County) Virginia.
He studied law at Transylvania University, and married Rebecca Russell in 1819.
He was subsequently ordained to the ministry in Fayette County, Kentucky, later moving to Boone County, Missouri, in 1836. Also instrumental in the founding of Columbia College (Columbia, Missouri) in 1851. Originally founded as Christian Women's College and renamed in 1970 when the college became co-educational.