Christopher G. Champlin

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Christopher Grant Champlin
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United States Senator
from Rhode Island
In office
June 26, 1809 – October 2, 1811
Preceded by Francis Malbone
Succeeded by William Hunter
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Rhode Island's At-large district
In office
March 4, 1797 – March 4, 1801
Preceded by Elisha Reynolds Potter
Succeeded by Thomas Tillinghast
Personal details
Born (1768-04-12)April 12, 1768
Newport, Rhode Island
Died March 18, 1840(1840-03-18) (aged 71)
Newport, Rhode Island
Resting place Common Burial Ground
Political party Federalist
Alma mater Harvard College
College of St. Omer

Christopher Grant Champlin (April 12, 1768 – March 18, 1840) was a United States Representative and Senator from Rhode Island. Born in Newport, he completed preparatory studies, was graduated from Harvard College in 1786, and continued his studies at the College of St. Omer in France.

Champlin was elected as a Federalist to the Fifth and Sixth Congresses (March 4, 1797 – March 4, 1801). He engaged in mercantile pursuits, and was later elected to the U.S. Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Francis Malbone and served from June 26, 1809 until October 2, 1811, when he resigned.

Champlin served as commanding officer (with rank of colonel) of the Newport Artillery Company from 1815 to 1818. He commanded the company when it responded to a hurricane known as the Great Gale of 1815. As a measure of their gratitude, the Newport town council made the following resolution - "Voted and resolved that the thanks of the town Council be presented to Colonel C. G. Champlin and the officers and privates of the Artillery Company of the town of Newport under his command for the prompt attention they paid to the request of said town council to turn out and guard the property of the unfortunate sufferers in the late destructive storm, and for their good conduct while on duty."

He attended Newport's Congregationalist Church.[1] Champlin was president of the Rhode Island Bank until a short time before his death in Newport in 1840; interment was in Common Burial Ground.


  1. ^ Annals of Trinity Church, Newport, Rhode Island (G.C. Mason, 1890)
United States Senate
Preceded by
Francis Malbone
U.S. Senator (Class 1) from Rhode Island
Served alongside: Elisha Mathewson, Jeremiah B. Howell
Succeeded by
William Hunter
United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Elisha Reynolds Potter
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Rhode Island's At-large district

Succeeded by
Thomas Tillinghast