Whipple Van Buren Phillips
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Created: February 2017
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Whipple Van Buren Phillips(November 22, 1833 - March 28, 1904) is the maternal grandfather of Howard Phillips Lovecraft. Phillips was a successful businessman and owned much of the land in and around the town of Greene, Rhode Island. There he founded Freemason Lodge No. 28 in 1870. He had four children with his wife Robie Alzada Place Phillips - Sarah Susan Phillips Lovecraft (1857 - 1921), Emeline Estella Phillips (1859 - 1865), Edwin Everett Phillips (1864 - 1918). Annie Emeline Phillips Gamwell. After H.P. Lovecraft's father was committed to Butler Hospital for a nervous disorder he was largely raised by his mother and grandfather. Phillips heavily encouraged his Howard's passion for reading, with a focus on classical literature and English poetry. After his death in 1904 he was buried in Swan Point Cemetery Rhode Island. Though he left his family a substantial inheritance it was greatly mismanaged.