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Charles Francis Risk (August 19, 1897 – December 26, 1943) was a U.S. Representative from Rhode Island.

Charles Risk
Tampa Morning Tribune (Tampa, FL), August 10, 1935
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Rhode Island's 1st district
In office
January 3, 1939 – January 3, 1941
Preceded byAime Forand
Succeeded byAime Forand
In office
August 6, 1935 – January 3, 1937
Preceded byFrancis Condon
Succeeded byAime Forand
Personal details
Born(1897-08-19)August 19, 1897
Central Falls, Rhode Island
DiedDecember 26, 1943(1943-12-26) (aged 46)
Lincoln, Rhode Island
Political partyRepublican
Military service
AllegianceUnited States United States
Branch/serviceUnited States United States Army
Battles/warsWorld War I

Born in Central Falls, Rhode Island, Risk attended the public and high schools there. He worked in local textile plants. During the First World War served in the United States Army as a private at Camp Meigs in 1918.

He was employed in the Treasury Department in Washington, D.C., from 1919 to 1922.

He graduated from the law department of Georgetown University in 1922, and was admitted to the bar in 1923, taking up a practice in his home town the same year.

He served as probate judge of Central Falls from 1929 to 1931, as coroner of Lincoln, Rhode Island in 1931 and 1932, and as federal judge on the Eleventh District Court of Rhode Island from 1932 to 1935.

He served as delegate to the Republican state conventions in 1936, 1940, and 1942.

Risk was elected to the Seventy-fourth Congress as a Republican, filling fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Francis B. Condon; he served from August 6, 1935, to January 3, 1937. He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1936.

Risk was elected to the Seventy-sixth Congress (January 3, 1939 – January 3, 1941), and made an unsuccessful reelection bid in 1940, after which he resumed the practice of law in Pawtucket, Rhode Island.

He died in Saylesville, in the township of Lincoln, Rhode Island, December 26, 1943, and was buried in St. Francis Cemetery in Pawtucket.


  • United States Congress. "Charles Risk (id: R000269)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
  • Charles Risk at Find a Grave
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Francis Condon
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Rhode Island's 1st congressional district

Succeeded by
Aime Forand
Preceded by
Aime Forand
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Rhode Island's 1st congressional district

Succeeded by
Aime Forand

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