William Gregory (Rhode Island)

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William Gregory.

William Gregory (August 3, 1849 - December 16, 1901) was an American politician, the 46th Governor of Rhode Island.

Gregory was born in Astoria, Long Island, New York on August 3, 1849. He had a successful career in business and later served as President and Director of Wickford National Bank, Director of two Providence banks, and Chairman of the Board of State Charities and Corrections. He served as lieutenant governor of Rhode Island from 1898 until he became governor in 1900.

Gregory was the governor of Rhode Island from May 29, 1900 to December 16, 1901. During his administration, the state constitution was amended to move the capital from Newport to Providence. The new marble State House was opened in Providence, and Gregory became the first governor to occupy it. Gregory was an active member of the Freemasons.[1]

He died in office on December 16, 1901.



  • Sobel, Robert and John Raimo. Biographical Directory of the Governors of the United States, 1789-1978. Greenwood Press, 1988. ISBN 0-313-28093-2
Political offices
Preceded by
Elisha Dyer, Jr.
Governor of Rhode Island
Succeeded by
Charles D. Kimball