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List of Rhode Island State Governors

NameHeld OfficePolitical Party
Nicholas CookeNov 7, 1775
May 4, 1778
No Party Affiliation
William GreeneMay 4, 1778
May 3, 1786
No Party Affiliation
John CollinsMay 3, 1786
May 5, 1790
No Party Affiliation
Arthur FennerMay 5, 1790
Oct 15, 1805
Country Party
Henry SmithOct 15, 1805
May 7, 1806
Country
Isaac WilbourMay 7, 1806
May 6, 1807
Country
James FennerMay 2, 1843
May 6, 1845
Law and Order
William JonesMay 1, 1811
May 7, 1817
Federalist
Nehemiah R. KnightMay 7, 1817
May 2, 1821
Democratic-Republican
William C. GibbsMay 2, 1821
May 5, 1824
Democratic-Republican
Lemuel H. ArnoldMay 4, 1831
May 1, 1833
Whig
John B. FrancisMay 1, 1833
May 2, 1838
Democratic
William SpragueMay 29, 1860
Mar 3, 1863
Republican
Samuel Ward KingMay 2, 1839
May 2, 1843
Rhode Island Party
Thomas DorrMay 19, 1842
Jan 23, 1843
Dorr Rebellion
Charles JacksonMay 6, 1845
May 6, 1846
Know Nothing
Byron DimanMay 6, 1846 -May 4, 1847Law and Order
Elisha HarrisMay 4, 1847
May 1, 1849
Whig
Henry B. Anthony May 1, 1849
May 6, 1851
Whig
Philip AllenMay 6, 1851
Jul 20, 1853
Democratic
Francis M. DimondJul 20, 1853
May 2, 1854
Democratic
William W. HoppinMay 2, 1854
May 26, 1857
Whig
Elisha DyerMay 26, 1857
May 31, 1859
Republican
Thomas G. TurnerMay 31, 1859
May 29, 1860
Republican
William C. CozzensMar 3, 1863
May 26, 1863
Democratic
James Y. SmithMay 26, 1863
May 29, 1866
Republican
Ambrose Everett BurnsideMay 29, 1866
May 25, 1869
Republican
Seth PadelfordMay 25, 1869
May 27, 1873
Republican
Henry HowardMay 27, 1873
May 25, 1875
Republican
Henry LippittMay 25, 1875
May 29, 1877
Republican
Charles C. Van ZandtMay 29, 1877
May 25, 1880
Republican
Alfred H. LittlefieldMay 25, 1880
May 29, 1883
Republican
Augustus O. BournMay 29, 1883
May 26, 1885
Republican
George P. WetmoreMay 26, 1885
May 29, 1887
Republican
John W. DavisMay 29, 1887
May 29, 1888
Democratic
Royal C. TaftMay 29, 1888
May 28, 1889
Republican
Herbert W. LaddMay 26, 1891
May 31, 1892
Republican
John DavisMay 27, 1890
May 26, 1891
Democratic
D. Russell BrownMay 31, 1892
May 29, 1895
Republican
Charles W. LippittMay 29, 1895
May 25, 1897
Republican
Elisha Dyer, Jr.May 25, 1897
May 29, 1900
Republican
William GregoryMay 29, 1900
Dec 16, 1901
Republican
Charles D. KimballDec 16, 1901
Jan 3, 1903
Republican
Lucius F. C. GarvinJan 3, 1903
Jan 3, 1905
Democratic
George H. UtterJan 3, 1905
Jan 1, 1907
Republican
James H. HigginsJan 1, 1907
Jan 5, 1909
Democratic
Aram J. PothierJan 6, 1925
Feb 4, 1928
Republican
R. Livingston BeeckmanJan 5, 1915
Jan 4, 1921
Republican
Emery J. San SouciJan 4, 1921
Jan 2, 1923
Republican
William S. FlynnJan 2, 1923
Jan 6, 1925
Democratic
Norman S. CaseFeb 4, 1928
Jan 3, 1933
Republican
Theodore Francis GreenJan 3, 1933
Jan 5, 1937
Democratic
Robert E. QuinnJan 5, 1937
Jan 3, 1939
Democratic
William Henry Vanderbilt IIIJan 3, 1939
Jan 7, 1941
Republican
J. Howard McGrathJan 7, 1941
Oct 6, 1945
Democratic
John Orlando PastoreOct 6, 1945
Dec 19, 1950
Democratic
John S. McKiernanDec 19, 1950
Jan 2, 1951
Democratic
Dennis J. RobertsJan 2, 1951
Jan 6, 1959
Democratic
Christopher Del SestoJan 6, 1959
Jan 3, 1961
Republican
John A. Notte, Jr.Jan 3, 1961
Jan 1, 1963
Democratic
John Hubbard ChafeeJan 1, 1963
Jan 7, 1969
Republican
Frank LichtJan 7, 1969
Jan 2, 1973
Democratic
Philip W. NoeJan 2, 1973
Jan 4, 1977
Democratic
J. Joseph GarrahyJan 4, 1977
Jan 1, 1985
Democratic
Edward D. DiPreteJan 1, 1985
Jan 1, 1991
Republican
Bruce SundlunJan 1, 1991
Jan 3, 1995
Democratic
Lincoln C. AlmondJan 3, 1995
Jan 7, 2003
Republican
Donald CarcieriJan 7, 2003
Jan 4, 2011
Republican
Lincoln ChafeeJan 4, 2011
Incumbent
Independent




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