List of Governors of Rhode Island

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Governor of Rhode Island
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Seal of the Governor of Rhode Island.svg
Rhode island governor visits NAVSTA Newport (cropped).jpg
Incumbent
Gina Raimondo

since January 6, 2015
Style The Honorable or Her Excellency
Term length Four years, renewable once[1]
Inaugural holder Nicholas Cooke; 1775
Formation Constitution of Rhode Island
Succession Every four years, unless re-elected.
Salary $128,210 (2013)[2]

Party affiliation

Number of Governors of Rhode Island by party affiliation[3]
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, 1640–1775

List of Governors of Rhode Island, 1775–present

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 NicholasCooke.cropped.jpg None November 7, 1775 May 4, 1778 None
2 William Greene None May 4, 1778 May 3, 1786 None
3 John Collins None May 3, 1786 May 5, 1790 None 4 years.
First governor under the United States Constitution.
4 Arthur Fenner ArthurFenner.jpg Country Party May 5, 1790 October 15, 1805 [[]] 15 years.
Rhode Island ratified the U.S. Constitution on May 29, 1790.
5 Henry Smith Country October 15, 1805 May 7, 1806 [[]]
6 Isaac Wilbour Isaac Wilbour (Rhode Island Governor) 2.jpg Country May 7, 1806 May 6, 1807 [[]]
7 James Fenner GovJamesFenner.jpg Democratic-Republican May 6, 1807 May 1, 1811 [[]]
8 William Jones GovWilliamJonesRI.jpg Federalist May 1, 1811 May 7, 1817 [[]]
9 Nehemiah R. Knight NRKnight.jpg Democratic-Republican May 7, 1817 May 2, 1821 [[]]
10 William C. Gibbs William Channing Gibbs.jpg Democratic-Republican May 2, 1821 May 5, 1824 [[]]
11 James Fenner GovJamesFenner.jpg Democratic-Republican May 5, 1824 May 4, 1831 [[]]
12 Lemuel H. Arnold LemuelArnold.jpg National Republican May 4, 1831 May 1, 1833 [[]]
13 John B. Francis RI Governor John Brown Francis.jpg Democratic May 1, 1833 May 2, 1838 [[]]
14 William Sprague III William Sprague 1799 1856.jpg Democratic May 2, 1838 May 2, 1839 [[]]
15 Samuel Ward King GovSamuelKingRI.jpg Rhode Island Party May 2, 1839 May 2, 1843 [[]]
16 Thomas Dorr Thomas Wilson Dorr Rhode Island.jpg Extralegal
Dorr Rebellion
May 1, 1842 January 23, 1843 [[]]
17 James Fenner GovJamesFenner.jpg Law and Order May 2, 1843 May 6, 1845 [[]]
18 Charles Jackson Charles Jackson Governor.jpg Whig,[4]
Liberation Party[5]
May 6, 1845 May 6, 1846 Byron Diman
19 Byron Diman ByronDiman.jpg Law and Order May 6, 1846 May 4, 1847 Elisha Harris
20 Elisha Harris Elisha Harris.jpg Whig May 4, 1847 May 1, 1849 Edward W. Lawton
21 Henry B. Anthony Henry B. Anthony - Brady-Handy.jpg Whig May 1, 1849 May 6, 1851 Thomas Whipple
22 Philip Allen Philip Allen (politician).jpg Democratic May 6, 1851 July 20, 1853 William Beach Lawrence
Samuel G. Arnold
23 Francis M. Dimond FrancisDimond.jpg Democratic July 20, 1853 May 2, 1854 Francis M. Dimond
24 William W. Hoppin William Warner Hoppin.jpg Whig May 2, 1854 May 26, 1857 John J. Reynolds
Anderson C. Rose
Nicholas Brown III
25 Elisha Dyer Dyersr.jpg Republican May 26, 1857 May 31, 1859 Thomas G. Turner
26 Thomas G. Turner GovThomasGTurnerRI.jpg Republican May 31, 1859 May 29, 1860 Isaac Saunders
27 William Sprague IV William Sprague 1830-1915 - Brady-Handy.jpg Republican May 29, 1860 March 3, 1863 J. Russell Bullock
Samuel G. Arnold
28 William C. Cozzens William C. Cozzens.jpg Democratic March 3, 1863 May 26, 1863 Samuel G. Arnold
29 James Y. Smith GovJamesYSmithRI.jpg Republican May 26, 1863 May 29, 1866 Seth Padelford
Duncan Pell
30 Ambrose Everett Burnside Ambrose Burnside2.jpg Republican May 29, 1866 May 25, 1869 William Greene
Pardon Stevens
31 Seth Padelford SethPadelford.jpg Republican May 25, 1869 May 27, 1873 Pardon Stevens
Charles Cutler
32 Henry Howard GovHenryHowardRI.jpg Republican May 27, 1873 May 25, 1875 Charles C. Van Zandt
33 Henry Lippitt Henry Lippitt Governor.jpg Republican May 25, 1875 May 29, 1877 Henry Tillinghast Sisson
34 Charles C. Van Zandt CharlesVanZandt.jpg Republican May 29, 1877 May 25, 1880 Albert Howard
35 Alfred H. Littlefield Alfred Henry Littlefield.jpg Republican May 25, 1880 May 29, 1883 Henry Fay
36 Augustus O. Bourn AugustusBourn.jpg Republican May 29, 1883 May 26, 1885 Oscar Rathbun
37 George P. Wetmore George Wetmore.jpg Republican May 26, 1885 May 29, 1887 Lucius B. Darling
38 John W. Davis RI Governor John W Davis.jpg Democratic May 29, 1887 May 29, 1888 Samuel R. Honey
39 Royal C. Taft RoyalTaft.jpg Republican May 29, 1888 May 28, 1889 Enos Lapham
40 Herbert W. Ladd GovHerbertLadd.jpg Republican May 28, 1889 May 27, 1890 Daniel Littlefield
41 John W. Davis RI Governor John W Davis.jpg Democratic May 27, 1890 May 26, 1891 William T. C. Wardwell
42 Herbert W. Ladd GovHerbertLadd.jpg Republican May 26, 1891 May 31, 1892 Henry A. Stearns
43 D. Russell Brown D. Russell Brown.jpg Republican May 31, 1892 May 29, 1895 Melville Bull
Edwin Allen
44 Charles W. Lippitt CharlesWLippitt.jpg Republican May 29, 1895 May 25, 1897 Edwin Allen
45 Elisha Dyer, Jr. Dyerjr.jpg Republican May 25, 1897 May 29, 1900 Aram J. Pothier
William Gregory
46 William Gregory GovWilliamGregoryRI.jpg Republican May 29, 1900 December 16, 1901 Charles D. Kimball
47 Charles D. Kimball CharlesKimball.jpg Republican December 16, 1901 January 3, 1903 vacant
George L. Shepley
48 Lucius F. C. Garvin LuciusGarvin.jpg Democratic January 3, 1903 January 3, 1905 Frederick H. Jackson
49 George H. Utter GeorgeHUtter.jpg Republican January 3, 1905 January 1, 1907 [[]]
50 James H. Higgins The New England magazine - Gov. James Higgins.jpg Democratic January 1, 1907 January 5, 1909 Frederick H. Jackson
Ralph Watrous
51 Aram J. Pothier AramPothier.jpg Republican January 5, 1909 January 5, 1915 Arthur W. Dennis
Rosewell Burchard
Emery J. San Souci
Rosewell Burchard
52 R. Livingston Beeckman RLivingstonBeeckman.jpg Republican January 5, 1915 January 4, 1921 Emery J. San Souci
53 Emery J. San Souci EmerySanSouci.jpg Republican January 4, 1921 January 2, 1923 Harold Gross
54 William S. Flynn William Smith Flynn.jpg Democratic January 2, 1923 January 6, 1925 Felix A. Toupin
55 Aram J. Pothier AramPothier.jpg Republican January 6, 1925 February 4, 1928 Nathaniel W. Smith
Norman S. Case
56 Norman S. Case RI Governor Norman Stanley Case.jpg Republican February 4, 1928 January 3, 1933 James G. Connelly
57 Theodore Francis Green Theodore Francis GREEN.jpg 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 RI Governor Robert E Quinn.jpg Democratic January 5, 1937 January 3, 1939 Raymond E. Jordan
59 William Henry Vanderbilt III William H. Vanderbilt III.png Republican January 3, 1939 January 7, 1941 James O. McManus Two years.
Defeated for re-election.
60 J. Howard McGrath JHMcGrath.jpg Democratic January 7, 1941 October 6, 1945 Louis W. Cappelli
61 John Orlando Pastore John O. Pastore.jpeg 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 RI Governor John S. McKiernan.jpg Democratic December 19, 1950 January 2, 1951 John S. McKiernan
63 Dennis J. Roberts RI Governor Dennis Joseph Roberts.jpg Democratic January 2, 1951 January 6, 1959 John S. McKiernan
Armand H. Cote
64 Christopher Del Sesto RI Governor Christopher Del Sesto.jpg Republican January 6, 1959 January 3, 1961 John A. Notte, Jr. 2 years.
Defeated for re-election.
65 John A. Notte, Jr. Governor John Notte Jr.jpg Democratic January 3, 1961 January 1, 1963 Edward P. Gallogly
66 John Hubbard Chafee John Chafee.jpg 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 RI Governor Frank Licht 1969-1973.jpg Democratic January 7, 1969 January 2, 1973 J. Joseph Garrahy
68 Philip W. Noel RI Governor Philip W. Noel.jpg Democratic January 2, 1973 January 4, 1977 J. Joseph Garrahy
69 J. Joseph Garrahy J. Joseph Garrahy, Rhode Island Governor.jpg Democratic January 4, 1977 January 1, 1985 Thomas R. DiLuglio
70 Edward D. DiPrete RI Governor Edward D. DiPrete 1985-1991.jpg 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 Bruce Sundlun.jpg Democratic January 1, 1991 January 3, 1995 Roger N. Begin
Robert Weygand
4 years.
Defeated in Democratic primary in 1994.
72 Lincoln C. Almond Lincoln Almond.jpg 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 RI Governor Donald Carcieri.jpg Republican January 7, 2003 January 4, 2011 Charles J. Fogarty
Elizabeth H. Roberts
74 Lincoln Chafee Lincoln Chafee official portrait.jpg 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 Rhode island governor visits NAVSTA Newport (cropped).jpg Democratic January 6, 2015 Incumbent Daniel McKee [6]

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.[7]

Other high offices held

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 U.S. governors of Rhode Island

As of January 2017, there are five former U.S. governors of Rhode Island who are currently living at this time, the oldest U.S. governor of Rhode Island being Philip W. Noel (served 1973–1977, born 1931). The most recent U.S. 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 U.S. 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 (1931-06-05) June 5, 1931 (age 86)
Edward D. DiPrete 1985–1991 (1934-07-08) July 8, 1934 (age 83)
Lincoln C. Almond 1995–2003 (1936-06-16) June 16, 1936 (age 81)
Donald Carcieri 2003–2011 (1942-12-16) December 16, 1942 (age 74)
Lincoln Chafee 2011–2015 (1953-03-26) March 26, 1953 (age 64)

See also

References

  1. ^ Governors of Rhode Island served two-year terms prior to 1994.
  2. ^ "CSG Releases 2013 Governor Salaries". The Council of State Governments. June 25, 2013. Retrieved November 23, 2014. 
  3. ^ 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.
  4. ^ "Rhode Island Governor Charles Jackson". National Governors Association. Retrieved 25 March 2015. 
  5. ^ "Rhode Island Governors 1640 – Present". Rhode Island Secretary of State. State of Rhode Island. Retrieved 25 March 2015. 
  6. ^ Governor Raimondo's first term expires on January 8, 2019; she is not yet term limited.
  7. ^ Burns, Alexander (May 29, 2013). "Lincoln Chafee switches affiliation to Democrat". Politico. Retrieved 2013-05-30. 
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