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ALLEN, Philip, statesman, born in Providence, Rhode Island, 1 September 1785 ; died there, 16 December 1865. He was graduated at Rhode Island College in 1803, and engaged in mercantile business, chiefly in the West India trade established by his father, who died in 1803. He began the manufacture of cotton at Smithfield about 1812, and in 1831 established the print works at Providence. In 1819 he was elected to the legislature, and served also as one of the commissioners for the settlement of the state debt. In 1851 he was elected, as the candidate of the Democratic Party, governor of Rhode Island, and again in 1852 and 1853. From 1853 and 1859 he was United States senator, serving in the committees on commerce and naval affairs.
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