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List of governors of Rhode Island

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The Governor of the State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations is the head of the executive branch of the Government of Rhode Island and serves as commander-in-chief of the State's Army National Guard and Air National Guard. The current governor is Gina Raimondo.

Governor of Rhode Island
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Incumbent
Gina Raimondo

since January 6, 2015
Style
Status
Term lengthFour years, renewable once
Inaugural holderNicholas Cooke
FormationNovember 7, 1775
(243 years ago)
 (1775-11-07)
DeputyLieutenant Governor of Rhode Island
Salary$128,210 (2013)[1]
Websitegovernor.ri.gov

Contents

Party affiliationEdit

Number of Governors of Rhode Island by party affiliation[2]
Party Governors
Republican 32
Democratic 21
Democratic-Republican 4
Independent 4
Whig 4
Country 3
Law and Order 2
Dorr Rebellion 1
Federalist 1
Know Nothing 1
Rhode Island Party 1

Colonial Rhode Island, 1640–1775Edit

List of Governors of Rhode Island, 1775–presentEdit

Parties

  Country   Democratic   Federalist   Democratic-Republican   Dorr Rebellion   No party   Whig   Law and Order   Republican   Know Nothing   Rhode Island Party

# Governor Picture Party Took office Left office Lt. Governor Notes
1 Nicholas Cooke   None November 7, 1775 May 4, 1778 None 2 years 6 mos.
2 William Greene None May 4, 1778 May 3, 1786 None 8 years.
3 John Collins None May 3, 1786 May 5, 1790 None 4 years.
4 Arthur Fenner   Country Party May 5, 1790 October 15, 1805 Samuel J. Potter 15 years.
Rhode Island ratified the U.S. Constitution on May 29, 1790.
Died in office.
5 Henry Smith Country October 15, 1805 May 7, 1806 7 months.
6 Isaac Wilbour   Country May 7, 1806 May 6, 1807 Himself 1 year.
7 James Fenner   Democratic-Republican May 6, 1807 May 1, 1811 Constant Taber
Simeon Martin
Isaac Wilbour
4 years.
8 William Jones   Federalist May 1, 1811 May 7, 1817 Simeon Martin
Jeremiah Thurston
6 years.
9 Nehemiah R. Knight   Democratic-Republican May 7, 1817 May 2, 1821 Edward Wilcox 4 years.
10 William C. Gibbs   Democratic-Republican May 2, 1821 May 5, 1824 3 years.
11 James Fenner   Democratic-Republican May 5, 1824 May 4, 1831 Charles Collins 7 years.
12 Lemuel H. Arnold   National Republican May 4, 1831 May 1, 1833 Charles Collins 2 years.
13 John B. Francis   Democratic May 1, 1833 May 2, 1838 Jeffrey Hazard
George Engs
Jeffrey Hazard
Benjamin B. Thurston
5 years.
14 William Sprague III   Whig May 2, 1838 May 2, 1839 Joseph Childs 1 year.
15 Samuel Ward King   Rhode Island Party May 2, 1839 May 2, 1843 Byron Diman 4 years.
16 Thomas Dorr   Extralegal
Dorr Rebellion
May 1, 1842 January 23, 1843 9 mos.
17 James Fenner   Law and Order May 2, 1843 May 6, 1845 Byron Diman 2 years.
18 Charles Jackson   Whig,[3]
Liberation Party[4]
May 6, 1845 May 6, 1846 Byron Diman 1 year.
19 Byron Diman   Law and Order May 6, 1846 May 4, 1847 Elisha Harris 1 year.
20 Elisha Harris   Whig May 4, 1847 May 1, 1849 Edward W. Lawton 2 years.
21 Henry B. Anthony   Whig May 1, 1849 May 6, 1851 Thomas Whipple 2 years.
22 Philip Allen   Democratic May 6, 1851 July 20, 1853 William Beach Lawrence
Samuel G. Arnold
2 years 2 mos.
23 Francis M. Dimond   Democratic July 20, 1853 May 2, 1854 Francis M. Dimond 10 mos.
24 William W. Hoppin   Whig May 2, 1854 May 26, 1857 John J. Reynolds
Anderson C. Rose
Nicholas Brown III
3 years.
25 Elisha Dyer   Republican May 26, 1857 May 31, 1859 Thomas G. Turner 2 years.
26 Thomas G. Turner   Republican May 31, 1859 May 29, 1860 Isaac Saunders 1 year.
27 William Sprague IV   Republican May 29, 1860 March 3, 1863 J. Russell Bullock
Samuel G. Arnold
2 years 10 mos. Resigned to become a U.S. Senator.
28 William C. Cozzens   Democratic March 3, 1863 May 26, 1863 None. 2 months 23 days. Defeated for election.
29 James Y. Smith   Republican May 26, 1863 May 29, 1866 Seth Padelford
Duncan Pell
3 years.
30 Ambrose Everett Burnside   Republican May 29, 1866 May 25, 1869 William Greene
Pardon Stevens
3 years.
31 Seth Padelford   Republican May 25, 1869 May 27, 1873 Pardon Stevens
Charles Cutler
4 years.
32 Henry Howard   Republican May 27, 1873 May 25, 1875 Charles C. Van Zandt 2 years.
33 Henry Lippitt   Republican May 25, 1875 May 29, 1877 Henry Tillinghast Sisson 2 years.
34 Charles C. Van Zandt   Republican May 29, 1877 May 25, 1880 Albert Howard 3 years.
35 Alfred H. Littlefield   Republican May 25, 1880 May 29, 1883 Henry Fay 3 years.
36 Augustus O. Bourn   Republican May 29, 1883 May 26, 1885 Oscar Rathbun 2 years.
37 George P. Wetmore   Republican May 26, 1885 May 29, 1887 Lucius B. Darling 2 years.
38 John W. Davis   Democratic May 29, 1887 May 29, 1888 Samuel R. Honey 1 year.
39 Royal C. Taft   Republican May 29, 1888 May 28, 1889 Enos Lapham 1 year.
40 Herbert W. Ladd   Republican May 28, 1889 May 27, 1890 Daniel Littlefield 1 year.
41 John W. Davis   Democratic May 27, 1890 May 26, 1891 William T. C. Wardwell 1 year.
42 Herbert W. Ladd   Republican May 26, 1891 May 31, 1892 Henry A. Stearns 1 year.
43 D. Russell Brown   Republican May 31, 1892 May 29, 1895 Melville Bull
Edwin Allen
3 years.
44 Charles W. Lippitt   Republican May 29, 1895 May 25, 1897 Edwin Allen 2 years.
45 Elisha Dyer, Jr.   Republican May 25, 1897 May 29, 1900 Aram J. Pothier
William Gregory
3 years.
46 William Gregory   Republican May 29, 1900 December 16, 1901 Charles D. Kimball 1 year 7 mos. Died in office.
47 Charles D. Kimball   Republican December 16, 1901 January 3, 1903 vacant
George L. Shepley
1 year 18 days.
48 Lucius F. C. Garvin   Democratic January 3, 1903 January 3, 1905 Frederick H. Jackson 2 years.
49 George H. Utter   Republican January 3, 1905 January 1, 1907 Frederick H. Jackson 2 years.
50 James H. Higgins   Democratic January 1, 1907 January 5, 1909 Frederick H. Jackson
Ralph Watrous
2 years.
51 Aram J. Pothier   Republican January 5, 1909 January 5, 1915 Arthur W. Dennis
Rosewell Burchard
Emery J. San Souci
Rosewell Burchard
6 years,
52 R. Livingston Beeckman   Republican January 5, 1915 January 4, 1921 Emery J. San Souci 6 years.
53 Emery J. San Souci   Republican January 4, 1921 January 2, 1923 Harold Gross 2 years.
54 William S. Flynn   Democratic January 2, 1923 January 6, 1925 Felix A. Toupin 2 years.
55 Aram J. Pothier   Republican January 6, 1925 February 4, 1928 Nathaniel W. Smith
Norman S. Case
3 years 1 month.
56 Norman S. Case   Republican February 4, 1928 January 3, 1933 James G. Connelly 4 years 11 months.
57 Theodore Francis Green   Democratic January 3, 1933 January 5, 1937 Robert E. Quinn 4 years.
Elected to U.S. Senate in 1936 and served from 1937 to 1961.
58 Robert E. Quinn   Democratic January 5, 1937 January 3, 1939 Raymond E. Jordan 2 years.
59 William Henry Vanderbilt III   Republican January 3, 1939 January 7, 1941 James O. McManus Two years.
Defeated for re-election.
60 J. Howard McGrath   Democratic January 7, 1941 October 6, 1945 Louis W. Cappelli 4 years 9 months. Resigned to become United States Solicitor General.
61 John Pastore   Democratic October 6, 1945 December 19, 1950 John S. McKiernan 5 years two months. Appointed to U.S. Senate and served from 1950 to 1976.
62 John S. McKiernan   Democratic December 19, 1950 January 2, 1951 None Two weeks.
63 Dennis J. Roberts   Democratic January 2, 1951 January 6, 1959 John S. McKiernan
Armand H. Cote
8 years.
64 Christopher Del Sesto   Republican January 6, 1959 January 3, 1961 John A. Notte, Jr. 2 years.
Defeated for re-election.
65 John A. Notte, Jr.   Democratic January 3, 1961 January 1, 1963 Edward P. Gallogly 2 years.
66 John Chafee   Republican January 1, 1963 January 7, 1969 Edward P. Gallogly
Giovanni Folcarelli
Joseph O'Donnell, Jr.
6 years.
Defeated for re-election.
U.S. Senator 1976 to 1999.
67 Frank Licht   Democratic January 7, 1969 January 2, 1973 J. Joseph Garrahy 4 years.
68 Philip W. Noel   Democratic January 2, 1973 January 4, 1977 J. Joseph Garrahy
69 J. Joseph Garrahy   Democratic January 4, 1977 January 1, 1985 Thomas R. DiLuglio 8 years.
70 Edward D. DiPrete   Republican January 1, 1985 January 1, 1991 Richard A. Licht
Roger N. Begin
6 years.
Defeated for re-election.
Imprisoned for corruption after leaving office.
71 Bruce Sundlun   Democratic January 1, 1991 January 3, 1995 Roger N. Begin
Robert Weygand
4 years.
Defeated in Democratic primary in 1994.
72 Lincoln Almond   Republican January 3, 1995 January 7, 2003 Robert Weygand
Bernard Jackvony
Charles J. Fogarty
8 years.
First governor to serve a four-year term.
73 Donald Carcieri   Republican January 7, 2003 January 4, 2011 Charles J. Fogarty
Elizabeth H. Roberts
74 Lincoln Chafee   Independent[a] January 4, 2011 May 30, 2013 Elizabeth H. Roberts 4 years.
Did not seek re-election.
Democratic[a] May 30, 2013 January 6, 2015 Elizabeth H. Roberts
75 Gina Raimondo   Democratic January 6, 2015 Incumbent Daniel McKee [5]

a Chafee served in prior offices as a Republican, but ran for Governor as an independent. On May 30, 2013, while in office, he switched his party affiliation to Democratic.[6]

Other high offices heldEdit

This is a table of congressional seats, other federal offices, and other governorships held by governors. All representatives and senators mentioned represented Rhode Island except where noted. * Denotes those offices which the governor resigned to take.

Governor Gubernatorial term U.S. Congress Other offices held
House Senate
Isaac Wilbour 1806–1807 H
James Fenner 1807–1811
1824–1831
1843–1845
S
Nehemiah R. Knight 1817–1821 S
Lemuel H. Arnold 1831–1833 H
John Brown Francis 1833–1838 S
William Sprague III 1838–1839 H S
Henry B. Anthony 1849–1851 S
Philip Allen 1851–1853 S*
William Sprague IV 1860–1863 S
Ambrose Burnside 1866–1869 S Commander of the Army of the Potomac
George P. Wetmore 1885–1887 S
George H. Utter 1905–1907 H
Theodore F. Green 1933–1937 S
J. Howard McGrath 1941–1945 S United States Solicitor General*; United States Attorney General
John O. Pastore 1945–1950 S* Lieutenant Governor of Rhode Island
John Chafee 1963–1969 S United States Secretary of the Navy
Lincoln Chafee 2011–2015 S Mayor of Warwick, Rhode Island

Living former governors of Rhode IslandEdit

As of January 2017, there are five former governors of Rhode Island who are currently living at this time, the oldest governor of Rhode Island being Philip W. Noel (served 1973–1977, born 1931). The most recent governor of Rhode Island to die was J. Joseph Garrahy (served 1977–1985, born 1930) who died on January 24, 2012. The most recently serving governor of Rhode Island to die was Bruce Sundlun (served 1991–1995, born 1920), on July 21, 2011.

Governor Gubernatorial term Date of birth (and age)
Philip W. Noel 1973–1977 (1931-01-06) January 6, 1931 (age 88)
Edward D. DiPrete 1985–1991 (1934-07-08) July 8, 1934 (age 85)
Lincoln C. Almond 1995–2003 (1936-06-16) June 16, 1936 (age 83)
Donald Carcieri 2003–2011 (1942-12-16) December 16, 1942 (age 76)
Lincoln Chafee 2011–2015 (1953-03-26) March 26, 1953 (age 66)

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "CSG Releases 2013 Governor Salaries". The Council of State Governments. June 25, 2013. Retrieved November 23, 2014.
  2. ^ Table does not include governors from the colonial period, when there were no organized parties in Rhode Island, and governors were generally appointed rather than elected. It also does not include acting governors.
  3. ^ "Rhode Island Governor Charles Jackson". National Governors Association. Retrieved 25 March 2015.
  4. ^ "Rhode Island Governors 1640 – Present". Rhode Island Secretary of State. State of Rhode Island. Retrieved 25 March 2015.
  5. ^ Raimondo's second term began January 6, 2019, and expires January 3, 2023; she is term limited.
  6. ^ Burns, Alexander (May 29, 2013). "Lincoln Chafee switches affiliation to Democrat". Politico. Archived from the original on June 9, 2013. Retrieved 2013-05-30.

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