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Politicians in Trouble or Disgrace: Rhode Island

in chronological order

  Olney Arnold (1861-1916) — of Providence, Providence County, R.I. Born in Cumberland, Providence County, R.I., September 8, 1861. Democrat. Treasurer and manager Rogers Screw Company; president, Angell Land Company; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Rhode Island, 1888; member of Rhode Island state house of representatives, 1908; candidate for Governor of Rhode Island, 1908, 1909; U.S. Diplomatic Agent to Egypt, 1913-16, died in office 1916; U.S. Consul General in Cairo, 1914-16, died in office 1916; under investigation in 1916 on charges of making unneutral utterances. Unitarian. Died in Lisbon, Portugal, March 5, 1916 (age 54 years, 179 days). Interment at Swan Point Cemetery, Providence, R.I.
  Relatives: Son of William G. Arnold and Lucy M. (Aldrich) Arnold; married, April 12, 1889, to Grace Angell.
  See also U.S. State Dept career summary — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Vincent Albert Cianci (1941-2016) — also known as Buddy Cianci — of Providence, Providence County, R.I. Born in Providence, Providence County, R.I., April 30, 1941. Republican. Lawyer; mayor of Providence, R.I., 1975-84, 1991-2002; speaker, Republican National Convention, 1976 ; candidate for Governor of Rhode Island, 1980; talk show host. Italian ancestry. Pleaded no contest in 1984 to charges that he beat his estranged wife's lover with a fireplace log. Charged with twelve federal counts of bribery, conspiracy and racketeering; convicted in June, 2002 on two counts. Died in Providence, Providence County, R.I., January 28, 2016 (age 74 years, 273 days). Interment at St. Ann's Cemetery, Cranston, R.I.
  Campaign slogan (1991): "He never stopped caring about Providence."
  See also Wikipedia article — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Books by Vincent Cianci: Politics and Pasta: How I Prosecuted Mobsters, Rebuilt a Dying City, Dined with Sinatra, Spent Five Years in a Federally Funded Gated Community, and Lived to Tell the Tale (2011)
  Books about Buddy Cianci: Mike Stanton, The Prince of Providence : The True Story of Buddy Cianci, America's Most Notorious Mayor, Some Wiseguys, and the Feds
  Thomas W. Pearlman (born c.1928) — of Providence, Providence County, R.I. Born about 1928. Republican. Member of Rhode Island state house of representatives, 1960. Found guilty of lawyer misconduct by the Rhode Island Supreme Court, for fee-gouging and providing incompetent counsel; censured in 1993, suspended in 2004, and ordered to pay restitution in 2010. Still living as of 2010.
  Patrick Joseph Kennedy (b. 1967) — also known as Patrick J. Kennedy — of Providence, Providence County, R.I.; Portsmouth, Newport County, R.I. Born in Brighton, Boston, Suffolk County, Mass., July 14, 1967. Democrat. Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Rhode Island, 1988, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008; member of Rhode Island state house of representatives, 1988-94; U.S. Representative from Rhode Island 1st District, 1995-; pleaded guilty in 2006 to charges of driving under the influence of prescription drugs. Catholic. Still living as of 2014.
  Relatives: Son of Edward Moore Kennedy and Joan Bennett Kennedy; nephew of Joseph Patrick Kennedy, Jr. (1915-1944), John Fitzgerald Kennedy, Patricia Kennedy Lawford, Robert Francis Kennedy and Jean Kennedy Smith; grandson of Joseph Patrick Kennedy, Sr.; great-grandson of Patrick Joseph Kennedy and John Francis Fitzgerald; first cousin of Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, Joseph Patrick Kennedy II, John Fitzgerald Kennedy, Jr. and Mark Kennedy Shriver.
  Political family: Kennedy family.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — votes in Congress from the Washington Post — Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier
  Books about Patrick Kennedy: Darrell M. West, Patrick Kennedy : The Rise to Power
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