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Isaac Wilbour (April 25, 1763 – October 4, 1837) was an American politician from Rhode Island holding several offices, including the sixth Governor of the state.

Isaac Wilbour
Isaac Wilbour (Rhode Island Governor) 2.jpg
Close up of portion of 1894's "The Governor's Grandsons", a portrait by Edwin Howland Blashfield.
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Rhode Island's At-large district
In office
March 4, 1807 – March 3, 1809
Preceded byJoseph Stanton, Jr.
Succeeded byElisha Reynolds Potter
6th Governor of Rhode Island
In office
May 7, 1806 – May 6, 1807
LieutenantHimself
Preceded byHenry Smith
Succeeded byJames Fenner
4th Lieutenant Governor of Rhode Island
In office
1806–1807
GovernorHimself
Preceded byPaul Mumford
Succeeded byConstant Taber
In office
1810–1811
GovernorJames Fenner
Preceded bySimeon Martin
Succeeded bySimeon Martin
34th Chief Justice of the Rhode Island Supreme Court
In office
1819–1827
Preceded byJames Fenner
Succeeded bySamuel Eddy
Personal details
Born(1763-04-25)April 25, 1763
Little Compton, Colony of Rhode Island, British America
DiedOctober 4, 1837(1837-10-04) (aged 74)
Little Compton, Rhode Island, U.S.
Resting placeSeaconnet Cemetery
Political partyDemocratic-Republican

BiographyEdit

Wilbour was born in Little Compton in the Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations. He served in the state legislature in 1805 and 1806. From October 1805 to May 1806 he served as speaker. He was Lieutenant Governor from 1806 to 1807. There had been no winner in the gubernatorial election in 1806, so he was Acting Governor from May 7, 1806, to May 6, 1807.

Wilbour represented Rhode Island in the United States House of Representatives as a Democratic-Republican from 1807 to 1809. He ran again in 1808 and 1812 but lost both times. He served as Lieutenant Governor again from 1810 to 1811.

In 1818 he became an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of Rhode Island and acted as Chief Justice of that court from 1819 to 1827.

Wilbour died in Little Compton, Rhode Island, and his remains were buried in the Seaconnet Cemetery.

ReferencesEdit

Political offices
Preceded by
Henry Smith
Governor of Rhode Island
1806–1807
Succeeded by
James Fenner
Preceded by
Paul Mumford
Lieutenant Governor of Rhode Island
1806–1807
Succeeded by
Constant Taber
Preceded by
Simeon Martin
Lieutenant Governor of Rhode Island
1810–1811
Succeeded by
Simeon Martin
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Joseph Stanton, Jr.
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Rhode Island's At-large district

1807–1809
Succeeded by
Elisha Reynolds Potter