Rev. Thomas Allen D.D. (1837-1912) trained for the Wesleyan Ministry at Didsbury College and entered the ministry in 1859. He rose to become Chairman of the Sheffield Wesleyan Methodist District (1886-1897) and Chairman of the Birmingham and Shrewsbury District; he also became Governor of Handsworth College (1887-1905). Allen was elected President of the Wesleyan Methodist Conference in 1900.
This photograph was distributed with the Methodist Recorder newspaper on July 26th, 1900, two days after Allen was elected President of Conference.
See also the oil painting of Thomas Allen in the Online Collection, 1993/1612.