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Philip Allen (politician)

 

Philip Allen (politician)

Philip Allen
United States Senator
from Rhode Island
In office
July 20, 1853 – March 3, 1859
Preceded by John H. Clarke
Succeeded by Henry B. Anthony
22nd Governor of Rhode Island
In office
May 6, 1851 – July 20, 1853
Lieutenant William B. Lawrence
Samuel G. Arnold
Preceded by Henry B. Anthony
Succeeded by Francis M. Dimond
Personal details
Born September 1, 1785
Providence, Rhode Island, U.S.
Died December 16, 1865(1865-12-16) (aged 80)
Providence, Rhode Island, U.S.
Resting place North Burial Ground
Providence, Rhode Island
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Phoebe Aborn
Alma mater College of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations
Profession Politician, Manufacturer

Philip Allen (September 1, 1785 – December 16, 1865) was an American manufacturer and politician from Rhode Island. He served as Governor of Rhode Island and as a Democratic member of the United States Senate.

Early life

Allen was born in Providence, Rhode Island, the son of Zachariah Allen and Nancy Crawford Allen.[1] He was educated by private tutors and attended Taunton Academy and Robert Rogers School in Newport, Rhode Island.[2] In 1803, he graduated from the College of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations (the former name of Brown University) at Providence.[3] After graduation, he engaged in mercantile pursuits and foreign commerce before becoming a manufacturer of cotton goods in Smithfield, Rhode Island. He was president of the Providence Insurance Company, and in 1831 he began manufacturing cotton goods in Providence.[4]

Political career

He began his political career as a member of the Rhode Island House of Representatives, serving from 1819-1821.[5] In 1827, he was appointed pension agent and president of the Rhode Island branch of the United States Bank.[6]

Allen was elected as the Democratic Governor of Rhode Island in 1851.[7] He served as Governor until 1853, when he resigned that office after being elected to represent Rhode Island in the United States Senate.[8] Allen served in the Senate from July 20, 1853 to March 3, 1859, and was Chairman for the Committee of Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry during the Thirty-third Congress and the Thirty-fourth Congress.[9][10] He was not a candidate for renomination, and retired from politics and business in 1859.

He died in Providence on December 16, 1865,[11] and is interred in the North Burial Ground in Providence.[12]

Family life

He married Phoebe Aborn in 1814, and they had eleven children.[13]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Henry B. Anthony
Governor of Rhode Island
1851–1853
Succeeded by
Francis M. Dimond
United States Senate
Preceded by
John H. Clarke
U.S. Senator (Class 2) from Rhode Island
July 20, 1853 – March 3, 1859
Served alongside: Charles T. James and James F. Simmons
Succeeded by
Henry B. Anthony
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