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Philip Allen


In office
July 20, 1853 – March 3, 1859
Preceded by John H. Clarke
Succeeded by Henry B. Anthony

Born September 1, 1785
Providence, Rhode Island, USA
Died December 16, 1865 (aged 80)
Providence, Rhode Island, USA
Political party Democratic
Profession Politician, Manufacturer

Philip Allen (September 1, 1785 – December 16, 1865) was an American politician. He was Governor of Rhode Island (1853–1853) and a United States Senator (1853–1859).

Born in Providence, Rhode Island on September 1, 1785 to Zachariah Allen and Nancy Crawford Allen, Allen graduated from the College of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations (the former name of Brown University) at Providence in 1803. In 1814, he married Phoebe Aborn.

He served as a member of the Rhode Island House of Representatives from 1819 to 1821 and was elected as the Democratic Governor of Rhode Island in 1851. He served as Governor until 1853, when he resigned that office after being elected to represent Rhode Island in the United States Senate. In 1859 he retired from politics.

He died in Providence on December 16, 1865, and is buried in the North Burial Ground.

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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
United States 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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