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slides: Rhode Island Gubernatorial Portraits, 1775-2015

Friday, January 16, 2015

 

The official portrait of Governor Lincoln Chafee

The official portrait of Governor Lincoln D. Chafee was presented to the State of Rhode Island at an event at the Rhode Island State House on Thursday, attended by the artist Julie Gearan and representatives from the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts.  Gearan was chosen from among 124 artists entered a national search conducted by the State Arts Council. 

State law requires that an official portrait be commissioned for each Governor before he or she leaves office. The fee for this commission is $15,000, the same fee paid for the official portrait of former governors Lincoln Almond and Donald Carcieri.

The work will now be turned over to the Rhode Island Department of Administration, which will be responsible for hanging the work among other gubernatorial portraits in the Rhode Island State House, with the advice of the Rhode Island Historical Preservation and Heritage Commission and the Rhode Island State House Restoration Society.

Check out over 200 years of official portraits in the slideshow below:

 

Related Slideshow: Rhode Island Gubernatorial Portraits, 1775-2015

Check out the slideshow of every existing portrait of Governors of Rhode Island, dating back to 1775.

There are no official portraits for John Collins (served 1786-1790), Henry Smith (served 1805-1806), Isaac Wilbour (served 1806-1807), Charles Jackson (served 1845-1846), and George P Wetmore (served 1885-1887).

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Nicholas Cooke

Years in Office 1775-1778

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William Greene

Years in Office 1778-1786

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Arthur Fenner

Years in Office 1790-1805

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James Fenner

Years in Office 1807-1811

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William Jones

Years in Office 1811-1817

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Nehemiah R. Knight

Years in Office 1817-1821

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William C. Gibbs

Years in Office 1821-1824

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James Fenner

Years in Office 1824-1831

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Lemuel H. Arnold

Years in Office 1831-1833

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John B. Francis

Years in Office 1833-1838

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William Sprague III

Years in Office 1838-1839

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Samuel Ward King

Years in Office 1839-1843

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Thomas Dorr

Years in Office 1839-1843 (extralegal)

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James Fenner

Years in Office 1843-1845

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Byron Diman

Years in Office 1846-1847

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Elisha Harris

Years in Office 1847-1849

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Henry B. Anthony

Years in Office 1849-1851

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Philip Allen

Years in Office 1851-1853

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Francis M. Dimond

Years in Office 1853-1854

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William W. Hoppin

Years in Office 1854-1857

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Elisha Dyer

Years in Office 1857-1859

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Thomas G. Turner

Years in Office 1859-1860

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William Sprague IV

Years in Office 1860-1863

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William C Cozzens

Year in Office 1863

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James Y. Smith

Years in Office 1863-1867

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Ambrose Everett Burnside

Years in Office 1867-1869

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Seth Padelford

Years in Office 1869-1873

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Henry Howard

Years in Office 1873-1875

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Henry Lippitt

Years in Office 1875-1877

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Charles C. Van Zandt

Years in Office 1877-1880

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Alfred H. Littlefield

Years in Office 1880-1883

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Augustus O. Bourn

Years in Office 1883-1885

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John W. Davis

Years in Office 1887-1888

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Royal C. Taft

Years in Office 1888-1889

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Herbert W. Ladd

Years in Office 1889-1890

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John W. Davis

Years in Office 1890–1891

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Herbert W. Ladd

Years in Office 1891–1892

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D. Russell Brown

Years in Office 1892–1895

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Charles W. Lippitt

Years in Office 1895-1897

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Elisha Dyer, Jr.

Years in Office 1897-1900

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William Gregory

Years in Office 1900-1901

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Charles D. Kimball

Years in Office 1901-1903

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Lucius F. C. Garvin

Years in Office 1903-1905

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George H. Utter

Years in Office 1905-1907

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James H. Higgins

Years in Office 1907-1909

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Aram J. Pothier

Years in Office 1907-1915

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R. Livingston Beeckman

Years in Office 1915-1921

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Emery J. San Souci

Years in Office 1921-1923

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William S. Flynn

Years in Office 1923-1925

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Aram J. Pothier

Years in Office 1925-1928

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Norman S. Case

Years in Office 1928-1933

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Theodore Francis Green

Years in Office 1933-1937

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Robert E. Quinn

Years in Office 1937-1939

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William Henry Vanderbilt

Years in Office 1939-1941

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J. Howard McGrath

Years in Office 1941-1945

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John Orlando Pastore

Years in Office 1945-1950

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John S. McKiernan

Years in Office 1950-1951

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Dennis J. Roberts

Years in Office 1951-1959

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Christopher Del Sesto

Years in Office 1959-1961

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John A. Notte, Jr.

Years in Office 1961-1963

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John Hubbard Chafee

Years in Office 1963-1969

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Frank Licht

Years in Office 1969-1973

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Philip W Noel

Years in Office 1973-1977

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J. Joseph Garrahy

Years in Office 1977-1985

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Edward D. DiPrete

Years in Office 1985-1991

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Bruce Sundlun

Years in Office 1991-1995

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Lincoln C. Almond

Years in Office 1995-2003

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Donald Carcieri

Years in Office 2003-2011

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Lincoln Chafee

Years in Office 2011-2015

 
 

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