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Samuel Greene Arnold, Jr.

In office
December 1, 1862 – March 3, 1863
Preceded by James F. Simmons
Succeeded by William Sprague

In office
1852 – 1853
Preceded by William B. Lawrence
J. Russell Bullock
Succeeded by Francis M. Dimond
Seth Padelford

Born April 12, 1821(1821-04-12)
Providence, Rhode Island
Died February 14, 1880 (aged 58)
Providence, Rhode Island
Resting place Swan Point Cemetery, Providence, Rhode Island
Political party Republican
Alma mater Brown University
Harvard University (Law)
Profession Law, History

Samuel Greene Arnold, Jr. (April 12, 1821 – February 14, 1880) was a United States Senator from Rhode Island. Born in Providence, Rhode Island, he received his early education under private tutors, and graduated from Brown University in 1841 and, in 1845, the law department of Harvard University, gaining admission to the bar that year. He was a lawyer and historian, and was trustee of Brown University from 1848 to 1880.

He married his cousin, Louisa Gindrat Arnold (1828–1905), the daughter of his father's uncle, Richard J. Arnold (1796–1873). Of Louisa he wrote that "...I have brought up my cousin for years to make her my wife, for I am so fastidious & particular on that matter that I knew I never should find a lady to suit me in all respects unless I educated her for the purpose. This is an original idea to be sure..." [1]


Arnold was elected lieutenant governor of Rhode Island in 1852 and served as Acting Governor. He was a member of the peace commission held at Washington, D.C. in 1861 in an effort to devise means to prevent the impending war.

In March 1861 Arnold was again elected Lieutenant-Governor after being nominated by the Constitutional Union and Democratic Conventions.[2] Arnold was again elected Lieutenant-Governor in 1862. During the Civil War he raised a company of light artillery which went to Washington D.C. and was mustered into the Union Army. He was elected as a Republican to the U.S. Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of James F. Simmons, and served from December 1, 1862, to March 3, 1863. After his time in the Senate he returned to historical research and was president of the Rhode Island Historical Society from 1868 to 1880. Arnold died in Providence in 1880; interment was in Swan Point Cemetery.

Theodore Francis Green, Samuel Arnold's grandnephew, was also a U.S. Senator from Rhode Island.

Samuel Greene Arnold was the author of the 2-volume History of the State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations published in 1859-60.


  1. ^ Arnold, Samuel G. (16, March 1847), Paris, France  
  2. ^ "Rhode Island Politics", New York Times: page 4, (7, March 1861)  

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Political offices
Preceded by
William B. Lawrence
Lieutenant Governor of Rhode Island
1852 – 1853
Succeeded by
Francis M. Dimond
Preceded by
J. Russell Bullock
Lieutenant Governor of Rhode Island
1861 – 1862
Succeeded by
Seth Padelford
United States Senate
Preceded by
James F. Simmons
United States Senator (Class 1) from Rhode Island
December 1, 1862 – March 3, 1863
Served alongside: Henry B. Anthony
Succeeded by
William Sprague IV


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