Zachariah Allen

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1795 – 1882

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Who was Zachariah Allen?

Zachariah Allen was an American textile manufacturer, scientist, lawyer, writer, inventor and civil leader from Providence, Rhode Island. He was educated at Philips Exeter Academy and at Brown University where he graduated in 1813.

Allen became a textile manufacturer and in 1822 constructed a woolen mill in which he incorporated innovative fire-safety features and his own mechanical improvements. He also built the first hot-air furnace system for the heating of homes. In 1833 he patented his best-known device, the automatic cut-off valve for steam engines.

He founded the Manufacturers’ Mutual Fire Insurance Company in 1835, the forerunner of the present day insurance company FM Global.

Allen was also a prolific writer of scientific texts and wrote numerous books and articles during his lifetime.

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Born
Sep 15, 1795
Providence
Nationality
  • United States of America
Profession
Education
  • Brown University
  • Phillips Exeter Academy
Lived in
  • Providence
Died
Mar 17, 1882
Providence
Resting place
North Burial Ground

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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