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Ray Greene

Ray Greene (February 2, 1765 – January 11, 1849) was a United States Senator from Rhode Island. Born in Warwick, a son of William Greene and Catharine Greene (née Ray), he pursued classical studies and graduated from Yale College in 1784; he studied law, was admitted to the bar, and commenced practice in Providence. He was attorney general of Rhode Island from 1794 to 1797, and in the latter year was elected as a Federalist to the U.S. Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of William Bradford. Greene was reelected in 1799 and served from November 13, 1797, to March 5, 1801, when he resigned, having been nominated for a judicial position. He was designated a district judge of Rhode Island by President John Adams, but, through a technicality, was not appointed.

Ray Greene married (in Charleston, SC) Mary Magdalene Flagg 1775-1817, daughter of George Flagg and Mary Magdalene (Henderson) Flagg of Charleston, S.C. July 23 1794.

Greene died in Warwick, 1849; interment was in the family burying ground on his estate at Warwick known as Greene Farm.


United States Senate
Preceded by
William Bradford
United States Senator (Class 2) from Rhode Island
Served alongside: Theodore Foster
Succeeded by
Christopher Ellery


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