List of United States Senators from Rhode Island

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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[edit]

# Senator Party Years Term Electoral history
1 Senator Theodore Foster.jpg 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 No image.svg Samuel J. Potter Democratic-
Republican
March 4, 1803 –
October 14, 1804
4 Elected in 1803

Died
Vacant October 14, 1804 –
October 29, 1804
3 No image.svg Benjamin Howland Democratic-
Republican
October 29, 1804 –
March 4, 1809
Elected to finish Potter's term

[Data unknown/missing. You can help!]
4 No image.svg Francis Malbone Federalist March 4, 1809 –
June 4, 1809
5 Elected in 1809

Died
Vacant June 4, 1809 –
June 26, 1809
5 Christopher Grant Champlin.jpg 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 Senator William Hunter.jpg William Hunter Federalist October 28, 1811 –
March 4, 1821
Elected to finish Champlin's term
6 Re-elected in 1815
7 JDe Wolf.jpg James De Wolf Democratic-
Republican
March 4, 1821 –
October 31, 1825
7 Elected in 1821

Resigned
8 Asher Robbins.jpg 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

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9 No image.svg Nathan F. Dixon I Whig March 4, 1839 –
January 29, 1842
10 Elected in 1839

Died
Vacant January 29, 1842 –
February 18, 1842
10 No image.svg William Sprague Whig February 18, 1842 –
January 17, 1844
Elected to finish Dixon's term

Resigned
Vacant January 17, 1844 –
January 25, 1844
11 JBFrancis.jpg John B. Francis Law and Order January 25, 1844 –
March 4, 1845
Elected to finish Sprague's term

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

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

Retired
14 James F. Simmons - Brady-Handy.jpg James F. Simmons Republican March 4, 1857 –
August 15, 1862
13 Elected in 1857

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

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16 William Sprague 1830-1915 - Brady-Handy.jpg William Sprague IV Republican March 4, 1863 –
March 4, 1875
14 Elected in 1863
15 Re-elected in 1869

Retired
17 Ambrose Burnside2.jpg 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 Nelson W. Aldrich.jpg 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 Henry Lippitt.jpg Henry F. Lippitt Republican March 4, 1911 –
March 4, 1917
22 Elected in 1910

Lost re-election
20 US Senator Peter G. Gerry (1920).jpg Peter G. Gerry Democratic March 4, 1917 –
March 4, 1929
23 Elected in 1916
24 Re-elected in 1922

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

Lost re-election
22 US Senator Peter G. Gerry (1920).jpg Peter G. Gerry Democratic January 3, 1935 –
January 3, 1947
26 Elected in 1934
27 Re-elected in 1940

Retired
23 Truman with Senators McGrath and Green.jpg J. Howard McGrath Democratic January 3, 1947 –
August 23, 1949
28 Elected in 1946

Resigned to become U.S. Attorney General
24 Edward Leahy.jpg 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 John O. Pastore.jpeg 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 John Chafee.jpg 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 Lincoln Chafee official portrait.jpg Lincoln Chafee Republican November 2, 1999 –
January 3, 2007
Appointed to finish his father's term
37 Elected in 2000

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

Class 2[edit]

# 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 William Bradford (1729-1808).jpg William Bradford Pro-Administration March 4, 1793 –
October 1797
2 Elected in 1793

Resigned
Federalist
Vacant October 1797 –
November 13, 1797
3 Ray Greene.jpg 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 Senator Christopher Ellery of Rhode Island.jpg Christopher Ellery Democratic-
Republican
May 6, 1801 –
March 4, 1805
[Data unknown/missing. You can help!]

Lost re-election
5 GovJamesFenner.jpg James Fenner Democratic-
Republican
March 4, 1805 –
September 1807
4 Elected in 1805

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

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

Died
Vacant December 25, 1820 –
January 9, 1821
9 NRKnight.jpg 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 James F. Simmons - Brady-Handy.jpg James F. Simmons Whig March 4, 1841 –
March 4, 1847
10 Elected in 1841

[Data unknown/missing. You can help!]
11 JHClarke.jpg 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 Philip Allen (politician).jpg Philip Allen Democratic July 20, 1853 –
March 4, 1859
[Data unknown/missing. You can help!]

Retired
13 Henry B. Anthony - Brady-Handy.jpg 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 Senator William Paine Sheffield.jpg William P. Sheffield Republican November 19, 1884 –
January 20, 1885
[Data unknown/missing. You can help!]
15 Jonathan Chace.jpg Jonathan Chace Republican January 20, 1885 –
April 9, 1889
[Data unknown/missing. You can help!]
18 (Re-?)elected in 1889

Resigned
16 Nathan Fellows Dixon III.jpg Nathan F. Dixon, III Republican April 10, 1889 –
March 4, 1895
[Data unknown/missing. You can help!]

Retired
17 George Wetmore.jpg George P. Wetmore Republican March 4, 1895 –
March 4, 1907
19 Elected in 1895
20 Re-elected in 1801

Legislature failed to elect
Vacant March 4, 1907 –
January 22, 1908
21
George Wetmore.jpg George P. Wetmore Republican January 22, 1908–
March 4, 1913
[Data unknown/missing. You can help!]
18 LeBaron B Colt.jpg 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 JesseHMetcalf.jpg Jesse H. Metcalf Republican November 5, 1924 –
January 3, 1937
[Data unknown/missing. You can help!]
24 (Re-?)elected in 1924
25 Re-elected in 1930

Lost re-election
20 Theodore Francis GREEN.jpg 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 Claiborne Pell.jpg 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 Jack Reed, official photo portrait, 2008.jpg Jack Reed Democratic January 3, 1997 –
Present
36 Elected in 1996
37 Re-elected in 2002
38 Re-elected in 2008

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