Philip K. Allen

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Philip K. Allen
Member of the Massachusetts Senate from the 4th Essex District
In office
Preceded by Clifford Cusson
Succeeded by John W. Coddaire, Jr.
Personal details
Born (1910-01-03)January 3, 1910
Walpole, Massachusetts
Died March 1, 1996(1996-03-01) (aged 86)
Westwood, Massachusetts
Political party Republican
Residence Walpole, Massachusetts
Andover, Massachusetts
Alma mater Yale University
Occupation Teacher
School Administrator

Philip Kirkham "P.K." Allen (born January 3, 1910 in Walpole, Massachusetts,[1] died March 1, 1996 in Westwood, Massachusetts[2] ) was an American educator and politician who represented the 4th Essex District in the Massachusetts Senate from 1947 to 1949 and served as Chairman of the Massachusetts Republican State Committee from 1961 to 1963.

Early life[edit]

Allen was born and raised in Walpole, Massachusetts. He attended Walpole public schools, Phillips Academy (Class of 1929), and Yale University (Class of 1933).[1]


After graduating from Yale, Allen coached and taught English at The Cambridge School of Weston. In 1936 he joined the faculty of Phillips Academy as a teacher, coach and assistant registrar.[2]


Allen was elected to the Massachusetts Senate in 1946.[1] He lost his 1948 reelection bid to Democrat John W. Coddaire, Jr.[3]

In 1951 Allen was named executive secretary of the Republican State Committee.[4] From 1953 to 1955 he was the chief clerk of the United States Senate Committee on Armed Services. From 1955 to 1957 he was the executive assistant to Frederick A. Seaton, the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Legislative and Public Affairs.[2]

Allen returned to Massachusetts in 1957 as the assistant general manager for finance at WGBH-TV and WGBH radio.[2]

On March 11, 1961, Allen was elected Chairman of the Republican State Committee.[5] He resigned this position in April 1963 due to personal and business reasons.[6]

Later life[edit]

Allen died on March 1, 1996 in Westwood, Massachusetts.[2]


  1. ^ a b c 1963–1964 Public Officers of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. 
  2. ^ a b c d e Long, Tom (March 5, 1996). "Philip K. Allen, 86, former head of Republican State Committee". Boston Globe. Retrieved 15 May 2011. 
  3. ^ Election Statistics: The Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Office of Secretary of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. 1948. 
  4. ^ "P. K. Allen Named Secretary of GOP State Committee". Boston Globe. May 8, 1951. Retrieved 15 May 2011. 
  5. ^ "Philip Allen Elected State GOP Chairman". Boston Globe. March 11, 1961. Retrieved 15 May 2011. 
  6. ^ "Favors Brooke Aide". Boston Globe. April 8, 1963. Retrieved 15 May 2011. 
Party political offices
Preceded by
Daniel E. McLean
Chairman of the Massachusetts Republican State Committee
Succeeded by
Frederic C. Dumaine, Jr.