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Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), State of Rhode Island, (search)
5 Walter Clarke Jan. 1696 Samuel Cranston May, 1698 Joseph JenckesMay 1727 William WantonMay 1732 John WantonMay 1734 Richard Ward July 15, 1740 William Greene May, 1743 Gideon WantonMay 1745 William GreeneMay 1746 Gideon WantonMay 1747 William GreeneMay 1748 Stephen HopkinsMay 1755 William GreeneMay 1757 Stephen Hopkins March 14, 1758 Samuel Ward May, 1762 Stephen HopkinsMay 1763 Samuel WardMay 1765 Stephen HopkinsMay 1767 Josias LyndonMay 1768 Joseph WantonMay 1769 Nicholas Cooke Nov., 1775 William GreeneMay, 1778 John Collins May 1786 Arthur FennerMay 1790 James FennerMay 1807 William JonesMay 1811 Nehemiah R. KnightMay 1817 William C. GibbsMay 1821 James FennerMay 1824 Lemuel H. ArnoldMay 1831 John Brown FrancisMay 1833 William SpragueMay 1838 Samuel Ward KingMay 1840 Governors under the State Constitution. James Fenner 1843 Charles Jackson 1845 Byron Diman. 1846 Elisha Harris 1847 Henry B. Anthony 1849 Philip Allen 1851 William Warner H
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Wanton, Joseph 1705-1780 (search)
Wanton, Joseph 1705-1780 Governor; born in Newport, R. I., in 1705; graduated at Harvard College in 1751 and engaged in mercantile business; was elected governor in 1769. He was appointed by the English government to investigate the burning of the ship Gaspee by the Whigs in 1773, and was also made superintendent of the British soldiers during their occupation of Newport. These and other causes made him an object of suspicion, and in 1775 the Assembly stripped him of all power and placed the executive prerogative in the hands of Deputy-Gov. Nicholas Cooke. Governor Wanton died in Newport, R. I., July 19, 1780.