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William Greene (August 16, 1731 – November 29, 1809) was the second governor of Rhode Island after it became a state. His father, William Greene, had served as governor when Rhode Island was still a British colony.

Born in Warwick, Rhode Island, Greene served as governor from 1778 to 1786, following Nicholas Cooke.

Governor William Greene married Catharine Ray of New Shoreham, Block Island in 1762. Catharine (Ray) Greene was born 10 July 1731 and died 29 January 1794.

Residence: Greene Farm, East Greenwich Rhode Island which remains in family hands since its construction in the 1680s. Both are buried in the Family Burial Ground at Greene Farm in East Greenwich, Rhode Island.

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Preceded by
Nicholas Cooke
Governor of Rhode Island
1778 - 1786
Succeeded by
John Collins
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