Thomas G. Turner

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Thomas G. Turner.

Thomas Goodwin Turner (October 24, 1810 – January 3, 1875) was an American politician and businessman who was the 26th Governor of Rhode Island 1859-1860.

Early life[edit]

Turner was born in Warren, Bristol County, Rhode Island.[1] He was married to Mary Pierce Luther, had seven children, and was a Baptist.[2]

Political career[edit]

Turner was the Republican Lieutenant Governor of Rhode Island from 1857 and succeeded his fellow Republican Elisha Dyer as Governor of Rhode Island from May 31, 1859. He held the office until May 29, 1860.[3][4]

He was a supporter of Abraham Lincoln, and failed to win renomination by the Republican Party in 1860. After leaving office, he was appointed by President Lincoln to the position of First Collector of Internal Revenue for the First District of Rhode Island.[5]

Later years[edit]

Turner was President of the Equitable Insurance Company, of Providence, Rhode Island, in his later years. He died in his home in Warren, Rhode Island.[6] He was buried at South Burial Ground, Warren, Bristol County, Rhode Island.[7]


  1. ^ The Political Graveyard, Index to Politicians: Turner, S to T.
  2. ^ National Governors Association, Rhode Island Governor Thomas Goodwin Turner.
  3. ^ The Political Graveyard, as above.
  4. ^ However, the period ended May 1, 1860 according to the National Governors Association, as above.
  5. ^ National Governors Association, as above.
  6. ^ Obituary.; Anthony Hoguet. Hon. Thomas G. Turner. Mrs. Vining. New York Times January 4, 1875.
  7. ^ Thomas G. Turner at Find a Grave
Political offices
Preceded by
Elisha Dyer
Governor of Rhode Island
1859 – 1860
Succeeded by
William Sprague