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Rhode Island: Secretaries of State


Rhode Island Secretaries of State, 1730-2012 (May be incomplete!)
Richard Ward 1730-33 Henry Bowen 1843-49 Christopher E. Robbins 1849-51 Asa Potter 1851-54 William R. Watson 1854-55 John R. Bartlett 1855-72 Joshua M. Addeman 1872-87 Edwin D. McGuiness 1887-88 Samuel H. Cross 1888-90 Edwin D. McGuiness 1890-91 George D. Utter 1891-94 Charles P. Bennett 1894-1909 J. Fred Parker 1909-24 Ernest L. Sprague 1924-33 Louis W. Cappelli 1933-39 J. Hector Paquin 1939-41 Armand H. Cote 1941-57 John A. Notte, Jr. 1957-59 August P. La France 1959-73 Robert F. Burns 1973-83 Susan L. Farmer 1983-87 Kathleen S. Connell 1987-93 Barbara M. Leonard 1993-95 James R. Langevin 1995-2001 Edward S. Inman III 2001-02 Matthew A. Brown 2002-06 A. Ralph Mollis 2007-12

Events and Candidates (may be incomplete!)

  • 1909 Aug 25: Charles P. Bennett, died in office.
  • 1925: J. Fred Parker, resigned.
  • 1930 Nov 4: Ernest L. Sprague (Rep), elected; Louis W. Cappelli (Dem), defeated; James O'Gara (Socialist Labor), defeated.
  • 1938 Nov 8: J. Hector Paquin (Rep), elected; Louis W. Cappelli (Dem), defeated; Ida Lalonde (Good Government), defeated; Anne Burlak Timpson (Communist), defeated.
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