John S. McKiernan

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John Sammon McKiernan
62nd Governor of Rhode Island
In office
December 19, 1950 – January 2, 1951
Lieutenant Vacant
Preceded by John O. Pastore
Succeeded by Dennis J. Roberts
Lieutenant Governor of Rhode Island
In office
1947 – 1950
1951 – 1956
Governor John O. Pastore (1st time)
Dennis J. Roberts (2nd time)
Preceded by John O. Pastore (1st time)
None – himself before vacant
Succeeded by Vacant
Armand H. Cote (2nd time)
Personal details
Born October 15, 1911
Providence, Rhode Island
Died March 9, 1997 (aged 85)
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Elizabeth St. Pierre
Profession Lawyer
Religion Roman Catholic

John Sammon McKiernan (October 15, 1911 – March 9, 1997) was the United States Democratic politician, who served as the Lieutenant Governor of Rhode Island from 1947–1950 and 1951–1956 and briefly the 62nd Governor of Rhode Island (1950–1951).

Born in Providence, Rhode Island, McKiernan graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 1934 and from Boston University School of Law in1937. After this, he went on to run his own law practice. and serve as legal advisor to the Providence Civil Service Commission as well as chairman of the Providence Fair Rents Committee in 1941.

In 1942 and 1943 he served as the first Assistant City Solicitor for Providence. After a break caused by his service in the US Navy be retook this post.

He was elected the Lieutenant Governor in 1946 and remained so until 1950. His Governor at the time was John O. Pastore, a fellow Democrat.

As Lieutenant Governor and presiding officer of the state Senate in 1949, McKiernan cast the tie-breaking vote that resulted in the adoption of new rules effectively giving Democrats control of the Senate’s legislative committees for the first time in more than decade.

After Pastore left office earlier in order to became a United States Senator, McKiernan became Governor and served from December 19, 1950 to January 2, 1951. He didn't seek election for Governor and became Lieutenant Governor again under administration of another Democrat, Dennis J. Roberts.

He resigned as Lieutenant Governor in 1956 to accept appointment as an Associate Justice of the Rhode Island Superior Court.

A Roman Catholic, he was married to Elizabeth St. Pierre.

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Political offices
Preceded by
vacant
Lieutenant Governor of Rhode Island
1947-1950
Succeeded by
vacant
Preceded by
vacant
Lieutenant Governor of Rhode Island
1951-1956
Succeeded by
Armand H. Cote
Preceded by
John O. Pastore
Governor of Rhode Island
1950–1951
Succeeded by
Dennis J. Roberts