Thomas G. Turner
|Thomas Goodwin Turner|
|Official portrait in the Rhode Island State House|
|Lieutenant governor of Rhode Island|
|Preceded by||Nicholas Brown III|
|Succeeded by||Isaac Saunders|
|26th Governor of Rhode Island|
May 31, 1859 – May 29, 1860
|Preceded by||Elisha Dyer|
|Succeeded by||William Sprague|
October 24, 1810|
Warren, Rhode Island
|Died||January 3, 1875
Warren, Rhode Island
|Resting place||South Burial Ground, Warren|
|Spouse(s)||Mary Pierce Luther|
|Residence||Warren, Rhode Island|
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.
Turner was born in Warren, Bristol County, Rhode Island. He started work as a clerk in a dry goods store at the age of 14, in Newport, Rhode Island. He was self-educated, and returned to Warren to co-found a dry goods and tailoring business there.
He was married to Mary Pierce Luther. They had seven children, four of whom died in very early life.
Turner served in the state militia during the Dorr Rebellion, and commanded the pro-Governor King forces at Acote's Hill. After the rebellion, Turner was elected to the State Assembly from Warren. He served as lieutenant governor from 1857 to 1859.
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.
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. He was buried at South Burial Ground, Warren, Bristol County, Rhode Island.
- The Political Graveyard, Index to Politicians: Turner, S to T.
- Representative Men and Old Families of Rhode Island. J.H. Beers & Company. 1908. p. 1497. Retrieved 22 April 2015.
- The Political Graveyard, as above.
- However, the period ended May 1, 1860 according to the National Governors Association, as above.
- National Governors Association, as above.
- Obituary.; Anthony Hoguet. Hon. Thomas G. Turner. Mrs. Vining. New York Times January 4, 1875.
- Thomas G. Turner at Find a Grave
Nicholas Brown III
|Lieutenant Governor of Rhode Island
|Governor of Rhode Island