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List of United States Senators from Rhode Island

This a list of United States Senators from Rhode Island. Rhode Island ratified the Constitution on May 29, 1790, and its senators belong to Class 1 and Class 2. Rhode Island's current senators are Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse.

Class 1

# Senator Party Years Term Electoral history
1 75px Theodore Foster Pro-
Administration
June 7, 1790 –
March 4, 1803
1 Elected in 1790
2 Re-elected in 1791
Federalist 3 Re-elected in 1797

Retired
2 75px Samuel J. Potter Democratic-
Republican
March 4, 1803 –
October 14, 1804
4 Elected in 1803

Died
Vacant October 14, 1804 –
October 29, 1804
3 75px Benjamin Howland Democratic-
Republican
October 29, 1804 –
March 4, 1809
Elected to finish Potter's term

[Data unknown/missing. You can help!]
4 75px Francis Malbone Federalist March 4, 1809 –
June 4, 1809
5 Elected in 1809

Died
Vacant June 4, 1809 –
June 26, 1809
5 75px Christopher G. Champlin Federalist June 26, 1809 –
October 12, 1811
Elected to finish Malbone's term

Resigned
Vacant October 12, 1811 –
October 28, 1811
6 75px William Hunter Federalist October 28, 1811 –
March 4, 1821
Elected to finish Champlin's term
6 Re-elected in 1815
7 75px James De Wolf Democratic-
Republican
March 4, 1821 –
October 31, 1825
7 Elected in 1821

Resigned
8 75px Asher Robbins Adams/
Anti-Jackson
October 31, 1825 –
March 4, 1839
Elected to finish De Wolf's term
Anti-Jackson 8 Re-elected in 1827
9 Re-elected in 1833

[Data unknown/missing. You can help!]
9 75px Nathan F. Dixon I Whig March 4, 1839 –
January 29, 1842
10 Elected in 1839

Died
Vacant January 29, 1842 –
February 18, 1842
10 75px William Sprague Whig February 18, 1842 –
January 17, 1844
Elected to finish Dixon's term

Resigned
Vacant January 17, 1844 –
January 25, 1844
11 75px John B. Francis Template:Party shading/Independent | Law and Order January 25, 1844 –
March 4, 1845
Elected to finish Sprague's term

Retired
12 75px Albert C. Greene Whig March 4, 1845 –
March 4, 1851
11 Elected in 1845

Retired
13 75px Charles T. James Democratic March 4, 1851 –
March 4, 1857
12 Elected in 1851

Retired
14 75px James F. Simmons Republican March 4, 1857 –
August 15, 1862
13 Elected in 1857

Resigned
Vacant August 15, 1862 –
December 1, 1862
15 75px Samuel G. Arnold Republican December 1, 1862 –
March 4, 1863
Elected to finish Simmons's term

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16 75px William Sprague IV Republican March 4, 1863 –
March 4, 1875
14 Elected in 1863
15 Re-elected in 1869

Retired
17 75px Ambrose Burnside Republican March 4, 1875 –
September 13, 1881
16 Elected in 1875
17 Re-elected in 1881

Died
Vacant September 13, 1881 –
October 5, 1881
18 75px Nelson W. Aldrich Republican October 5, 1881 –
March 4, 1911
Elected to finish Burnside's term
18 Re-elected in 1887
19 Re-elected in 1893
20 Re-elected in 1899
21 Re-elected in 1905

Retired
19 75px Henry F. Lippitt Republican March 4, 1911 –
March 4, 1917
22 Elected in 1910

Lost re-election
20 75px Peter G. Gerry Democratic March 4, 1917 –
March 4, 1929
23 Elected in 1916
24 Re-elected in 1922

Lost re-election
21 75px Felix Hebert Republican March 4, 1929 –
January 3, 1935
25 Elected in 1928

Lost re-election
22 75px Peter G. Gerry Democratic January 3, 1935 –
January 3, 1947
26 Elected in 1934
27 Re-elected in 1940

Retired
23 75px J. Howard McGrath Democratic January 3, 1947 –
August 23, 1949
28 Elected in 1946

Resigned to become U.S. Attorney General
24 75px Edward L. Leahy Democratic August 24, 1949 –
December 10, 1950
Appointed to continue McGrath's term

Retired
Vacant December 10, 1950 –
December 19, 1950
25 75px John O. Pastore Democratic December 19, 1950 –
December 28, 1976
Elected to finish McGrath's term
29 Re-elected in 1952
30 Re-elected in 1958
31 Re-elected in 1964
32 Re-elected in 1970

Retired and resigned early
to give successor preferential seniority
26 75px John Chafee Republican December 29, 1976 –
October 24, 1999
32 Appointed to finish Pastore's term,
having been elected to the next term
33 Elected in 1976
34 Re-elected in 1982
35 Re-elected in 1988
36 Re-elected in 1994

Died
Vacant October 24, 1999 –
November 2, 1999
27 75px Lincoln Chafee Republican November 2, 1999 –
January 3, 2007
Appointed to finish his father's term
37 Elected in 2000

Lost re-election
28 75px Sheldon Whitehouse Democratic January 3, 2007 –
Present
38 Elected in 2006
39 Re-elected in 2012

Class 2

# Senator Party Years Term Electoral history
1 Joseph Stanton, Jr. Anti-Administration June 7, 1790 –
March 4, 1793
1 Elected in 1790

[Data unknown/missing. You can help!]
2 75px William Bradford Pro-Administration March 4, 1793 –
October 1797
2 Elected in 1793

Resigned
Federalist
Vacant October 1797 –
November 13, 1797
3 75px Ray Greene Federalist November 13, 1797 –
March 5, 1801
Elected in 1797 to finish term
3 Re-elected in 1799

Resigned
Vacant March 5, 1801 –
May 6, 1801
4 75px Christopher Ellery Democratic-
Republican
May 6, 1801 –
March 4, 1805
[Data unknown/missing. You can help!]

Lost re-election
5 75px James Fenner Democratic-
Republican
March 4, 1805 –
September 1807
4 Elected in 1805

Resigned
Vacant September 1807 –
October 26, 1807
6 75px Elisha Mathewson Democratic-
Republican
October 26, 1807 –
March 4, 1811
[Data unknown/missing. You can help!]
7 75px Jeremiah B. Howell Democratic-
Republican
March 4, 1811 –
March 4, 1817
5 Elected in 1811

Retired
8 75px James Burrill, Jr. Federalist March 4, 1817 –
December 25, 1820
6 Elected in 1817

Died
Vacant December 25, 1820 –
January 9, 1821
9 75px Nehemiah R. Knight Democratic-
Republican
January 9, 1821 –
March 4, 1841
Elected to finish Burrill's term
Crawford
Republican
7 Re-elected in 1823
Anti-Jacksonian 8 Re-elected in 1829
Whig 9 Re-elected in 1835

[Data unknown/missing. You can help!]
10 75px James F. Simmons Whig March 4, 1841 –
March 4, 1847
10 Elected in 1841

[Data unknown/missing. You can help!]
11 75px John Hopkins Clarke Whig March 4, 1847 –
March 4, 1853
11 Elected in 1847

[Data unknown/missing. You can help!]
Vacant March 4, 1853 –
July 20, 1853
12
12 75px Philip Allen Democratic July 20, 1853 –
March 4, 1859
[Data unknown/missing. You can help!]

Retired
13 75px Henry B. Anthony Republican March 4, 1859 –
September 2, 1884
13 Elected in 1859
14 Re-elected in 1865
15 Re-elected in 1871
16 Re-elected in 1877
17 Re-elected in 1883

Died
Vacant September 2, 1884 –
November 19, 1884
14 75px William P. Sheffield Republican November 19, 1884 –
January 20, 1885
Appointed to fill vacancy
15 75px Jonathan Chace Republican January 20, 1885 –
April 9, 1889
Elected to fill vacancy
18 Re-elected in 1889

Resigned
16 75px Nathan F. Dixon, III Republican April 10, 1889 –
March 4, 1895
Elected to fill vacancy

Retired
17 75px George P. Wetmore Republican March 4, 1895 –
March 4, 1907
19 Elected in 1895
20 Re-elected in 1901
Vacant March 4, 1907 –
January 22, 1908
21 Legislature failed to elect
75px George P. Wetmore Republican January 22, 1908–
March 4, 1913
Elected to fill vacancy
18 75px LeBaron B. Colt Republican March 4, 1913 –
August 18, 1924
22 Elected in 1912
23 Re-elected in 1918

Died
Vacant August 18, 1924 –
November 5, 1924
19 75px Jesse H. Metcalf Republican November 5, 1924 –
January 3, 1937
[Data unknown/missing. You can help!]
24 Elected in 1924
25 Re-elected in 1930
Lost re-election in 1936
20 75px Theodore F. Green Democratic January 3, 1937 –
January 3, 1961
26 Elected in 1936
27 Re-elected in 1942
28 Re-elected in 1948
29 Re-elected in 1954

Retired
21 75px Claiborne Pell Democratic January 3, 1961 –
January 3, 1997
30 Elected in 1960
31 Re-elected in 1966
32 Re-elected in 1972
33 Re-elected in 1978
34 Re-elected in 1984
35 Re-elected in 1990

Retired
22 75px Jack Reed Democratic January 3, 1997 –
Present
36 Elected in 1996
37 Re-elected in 2002
38 Re-elected in 2008
39 Re-elected in 2014

Living former United States Senators from Rhode Island

As of April 2015, there is one former U.S. Senator from the U.S. State of Rhode Island who are currently living at this time, one from Class 1.

Senator Term of office Class Date of birth (and age)
Lincoln Chafee 1999–2007 1 (1953-03-26) March 26, 1953 (age 62)

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