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This a list of United States Senators from Rhode Island. Rhode Island ratified the Constitution on May 29, 1790, and its senators belong to Class I and Class II. Rhode Island's current senators are Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse.

Contents

Class I

Senator Party Took office Left office Reason Other offices/Notes
Theodore Foster Senator Theodore Foster.jpg Federalist June 7, 1790 March 4, 1803 Retired
Democratic-
Republican
Samuel J. Potter Democratic-
Republican
March 4, 1803 October 14, 1804 Died Deputy Governor of Rhode Island (1790–1799; 1800–1803)
Benjamin Howland Democratic-
Republican
October 29, 1804 March 4, 1809
Francis Malbone Federalist March 4, 1809 June 4, 1809 Died
Christopher G. Champlin Christopher Grant Champlin.jpg Federalist June 26, 1809 October 12, 1811 Resigned
William Hunter Senator William Hunter.jpg Federalist October 28, 1811 March 4, 1821 Minister to Brazil (1834–1845)
James De Wolf JDe Wolf.jpg Democratic-
Republican
March 4, 1821 October 31, 1825 Resigned Speaker of the Rhode Island House of Representatives (1819–1821)
Asher Robbins Asher Robbins.jpg Adams/
Anti-Jackson
October 31, 1825 March 4, 1839
Whig
Nathan F. Dixon I Whig March 4, 1839 January 29, 1842 Died
William Sprague Whig February 18, 1842 January 17, 1844 Resigned Governor of Rhode Island (1838–1839)
Speaker of the Rhode Island House of Representatives (1832–1835)
John B. Francis JBFrancis.jpg Law and Order January 25, 1844 March 4, 1845 Governor of Rhode Island (1833–1838)
Albert C. Greene ACGreene.jpg Whig March 4, 1845 March 4, 1851 Retired Rhode Island Attorney General (1825–1843)
Speaker of the Rhode Island House of Representatives (1821–1825)
Charles T. James CTJames.jpg Democratic March 4, 1851 March 4, 1857 Retired
James F. Simmons James F. Simmons - Brady-Handy.jpg Republican March 4, 1857 August 15, 1862 Resigned Previously served in Rhode Island's Class II seat
Samuel G. Arnold SGArnold.jpg Republican December 1, 1862 March 4, 1863 Deputy Governor of Rhode Island (1852–1853; 1861–1862)
William Sprague IV William Sprague 1830-1915 - Brady-Handy.jpg Republican March 4, 1863 March 4, 1875 Retired Governor of Rhode Island (1860–1863)
Ambrose Burnside Ambrose Burnside2.jpg Republican March 4, 1875 September 13, 1881 Died Governor of Rhode Island (1866–1868)
Nelson W. Aldrich Nelson W. Aldrich.jpg Republican October 5, 1881 March 4, 1911 Retired Speaker of the Rhode Island House of Representatives (1876)
Henry F. Lippitt Henry Lippitt.jpg Republican March 4, 1911 March 4, 1917 Lost re-election
Peter G. Gerry PGerry.jpg Democratic March 4, 1917 March 4, 1929 Lost re-election
Felix Hebert Republican January 3, 1929 January 3, 1935 Lost re-election Senate Minority Whip (1933–1935)
Peter G. Gerry PGerry.jpg Democratic January 3, 1935 January 3, 1947 Retired
J. Howard McGrath Truman with Senators McGrath and Green.jpg Democratic January 3, 1947 August 23, 1949 United States Attorney General (1949–1952)
United States Solicitor General (1945–1946)
Governor of Rhode Island (1941–1945)
Edward L. Leahy Democratic August 24, 1949 December 10, 1950 Retired
John O. Pastore Democratic December 19, 1950 December 28, 1976 Retired
(Resigned early)
Governor of Rhode Island (1945–1950)
Lieutenant Governor of Rhode Island (1945)
John Chafee John Chafee.jpg Republican December 29, 1976 October 24, 1999 Died Governor of Rhode Island (1963–1969)
Lincoln Chafee Lincoln Chafee official portrait.jpg Republican November 2, 1999 January 3, 2007 Lost re-election Mayor of Warwick RI (1993-1999)
Sheldon Whitehouse Senwhitehouse.jpg Democratic January 3, 2007 Present Incumbent Rhode Island Attorney General (1999–2003)

Class II

Senator Party Took office Left office Reason Other offices/Notes
Joseph Stanton, Jr. Anti-Administration June 7, 1790 March 4, 1793
William Bradford William Bradford (1729-1808).jpg Pro-Administration March 4, 1793 October 1797 Resigned Deputy Governor of Rhode Island
Federalist
Ray Greene Ray Greene.jpg Federalist November 13, 1797 March 5, 1801 Resigned Rhode Island Attorney General (1794–1797)
Christopher Ellery Senator Christopher Ellery of Rhode Island.jpg Democratic-
Republican
May 6, 1801 March 4, 1805 Lost re-election
James Fenner GovJamesFenner.jpg Democratic-
Republican
March 4, 1805 September 1807 Resigned Governor of Rhode Island (1807–1811; 1824–1831; 1843-1845)
Elisha Mathewson Elisha Mathewson.jpg Democratic-
Republican
October 26, 1807 March 4, 1811 Speaker of the Rhode Island House of Representatives (1821)
Jeremiah B. Howell Jeremiah Howell.jpg Democratic-
Republican
March 4, 1811 March 4, 1817 Retired
James Burrill, Jr. James Burrill, Jr..jpg Federalist March 4, 1817 December 25, 1820 Died Speaker of the Rhode Island House of Representatives (1814–1816)
Chief Justice of the Rhode Island Supreme Court (1816)
Rhode Island Attorney General (1797–1814)
Nehemiah R. Knight NRKnight.jpg Democratic-
Republican
January 9, 1821 March 4, 1841 Governor of Rhode Island (1817–1821)
Adams/
Anti-Jackson
Whig
James F. Simmons James F. Simmons - Brady-Handy.jpg Whig March 4, 1841 March 4, 1847 Later served in Rhode Island's Class I seat
John Hopkins Clarke JHClarke.jpg Whig March 4, 1847 March 4, 1853
Philip Allen PAllen.jpg Democratic July 20, 1853 March 4, 1859 Retired Governor of Rhode Island (1851–1853)
Henry B. Anthony Henry B. Anthony - Brady-Handy.jpg Republican March 4, 1859 September 2, 1884 Died
William P. Sheffield Senator William Paine Sheffield.jpg Republican November 19, 1884 January 20, 1885
Jonathan Chace Jonathan Chace.jpg Republican January 20, 1885 April 9, 1889 Resigned
Nathan F. Dixon, III Nathan Fellows Dixon III.jpg Republican April 10, 1889 March 4, 1895 Retired
George P. Wetmore George Wetmore.jpg Republican March 4, 1895 March 4, 1907 Retired Governor of Rhode Island (1885–1886)
January 22, 1908[1] March 4, 1913
LeBaron B. Colt LeBaron B Colt.jpg Republican March 4, 1913 August 18, 1924 Died
Jesse H. Metcalf Republican November 5, 1924 January 3, 1937 Lost re-election
Theodore F. Green Theodore Francis GREEN.jpg Democratic January 3, 1937 January 3, 1961 Retired Governor of Rhode Island (1933–1936)
Claiborne Pell Claiborne Pell.jpg Democratic January 3, 1961 January 3, 1997 Retired
Jack Reed Jack Reed, official photo portrait, 2008.jpg Democratic January 3, 1997 Present Incumbent

Notes

  1. ^ The Rhode Island legislature failed to elect a senator for the term beginning March 4, 1907, until January 22, 1908.

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