J. Joseph Garrahy
|J. Joseph Garrahy|
|69th Governor of Rhode Island|
January 4, 1977 – January 1, 1985
|Lieutenant||Thomas R. DiLuglio|
|Preceded by||Philip W. Noel|
|Succeeded by||Edward D. DiPrete|
|61st Lieutenant Governor of Rhode Island|
|Preceded by||Joseph O'Donnell Jr.|
|Succeeded by||Thomas R. DiLuglio|
|Member of the
Rhode Island Senate
|Born||John Joseph Garrahy
November 26, 1930
Providence, Rhode Island
|Died||January 24, 2012
West Palm Beach, Florida
|Alma mater||University at Buffalo University of Rhode Island|
|Service/branch||United States Air Force|
|Years of service||1953-1955|
John Joseph Garrahy (November 26, 1930 – January 24, 2012), known to Rhode Islanders as J. Joseph Garrahy or just "Joe," was an American politician. He served as the 69th Governor of Rhode Island from 1977 to 1985.
Early life 
Garrahy was born on November 26, 1930 in Providence, Rhode Island. Garrahy achieved the rank of Eagle Scout on Aug. 25, 1947, at age 16. In 1952, he attended the University at Buffalo, The State University of New York. In 1953, he attended the University of Rhode Island. Later that year, Garrahy joined the United States Air Force, where he served until 1955. After his military service, Garrahy married Margherite De Pietro with whom he had five children.
Political career 
In 1968, Garrahy was elected the 61st Lieutenant Governor of Rhode Island, and served in that office until 1977, when he was elected Governor, defeating James Taft in the election. He served as Governor until 1985, after being reelected in 1978, 1980 and 1982. In 1980, Garrahy traveled to the Soviet Union as part of an arms control delegation.
Later life 
In 1988, Garrahy was named to the Rhode Island Heritage Hall of Fame. He had served on the board of the Providence and Worcester Railroad since 1992. He was active in the Knights of Columbus, and was also an active Rhode Island Commodore. Garrahy died in Florida on January 24, 2012.
- "Late R.I. Gov. Garrahy getting national Eagle Scout Award". Providence Journal 14 June 2012. Retrieved 14 June 2012.
- "J. Joseph Garrahy". NNDB.
- "Former RI Governor J. Joseph Garrahy Passes Away". ABC 6 News. January 25, 2012.
Further reading 
- Raimo, John. Biographical Directory of the Governors of the United States 1978-1983. Meckler Publishing. p. 269. ISBN 0-930466-62-4.
- Gannon, Tom (May 7, 1989). "Who's Hot and Who's not in R.I.". The Boston Globe.
Joseph O'Donnell Jr.
|Lieutenant Governor of Rhode Island
Thomas R. DiLuglio
Philip W. Noel
|Governor of Rhode Island
Edward D. DiPrete