About Philip Allen
Philip Allen (September 1, 1785 – December 16, 1865) was an American politician. He was the 22nd Governor of Rhode Island (1851–1853) 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.