Charles D. Kimball

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Charles Dean Kimball
47th Governor of Rhode Island
In office
December 16, 1901 – January 3, 1903
Lieutenant GovernorGeorge L. Shepley
Preceded byWilliam Gregory
Succeeded byLucius F. C. Garvin
Lieutenant Governor of Rhode Island
In office
May 29, 1900 – December 16, 1901
GovernorWilliam Gregory
Preceded byWilliam Gregory
Succeeded byGeorge L. Shepley
Member of the Rhode Island House of Representatives
In office
Personal details
Born(1859-09-13)September 13, 1859
Providence, Rhode Island
DiedDecember 8, 1930(1930-12-08) (aged 71)
Resting placeSwan Point Cemetery
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Gertrude C. Greenalgh

Charles Dean Kimball (September 13, 1859 – December 8, 1930) was an American politician and the 47th Governor of Rhode Island.

Early life[edit]

Kimball was born in Providence, Rhode Island on September 13, 1859 as the son of Emery S. Kimball and Mary C. (Briggs) Kimball. He married Gertrude C. Greenalgh November 24, 1885.[1] After school education, he made his career in business.

Political career[edit]

Kimball was a member of Rhode Island House of Representatives 1894-99 and Lieutenant Governor of Rhode Island 1900-01.[2] He became governor of Rhode Island after the death of incumbent governor William Gregory. He held the governor's office from December 16, 1901 to January 3, 1903. Kimball worked for changes in the State constitution to give the governor veto powers and change state elections from an annual to a biennial basis, both of which were eventually achieved.[3]

During Kimball's term, the beginning of the term of office for the state's general officers was changed from the last Tuesday in May to the first Tuesday in January.

Kimball was an active member of the Freemasons.[4]

In 1904 he joined the Rhode Island Society of the Sons of the American Revolution and served as the Society's president from 1911 to 1912. He was also a member of the Rhode Island Society of Colonial Wars. In 1925 he was admitted as an honorary member of the Rhode Island Society of the Cincinnati.

During World War I he served as Chairman of the Draft Board for Division 1 in Rhode Island.

Governor Kimball died on December 8, 1930. Interment at Swan Point Cemetery, Providence, Rhode Island.[5]


  1. ^ The Political Graveyard, Index to Politicians: Kimball.
  2. ^ The Political Graveyard, Index to Politicians: Kimball.
  3. ^ National Governors Association, Rhode Island Governor Charles Dean Kimball. Archived June 4, 2011, at the Wayback Machine It says in the National Governors Association biography that Kimball was in favour of "changing state elections from a biennial to an annual basis...which [was] eventually achieved", but since the state elections was changed from an annual basis to a biennial basis at this time, the biographer must have made a mistake when writing the text.
  4. ^ The Political Graveyard: Freemasons, politicians, Rhode Island at
  5. ^ The Political Graveyard, Index to Politicians: Kimball.


  • Sobel, Robert and John Raimo. Biographical Directory of the Governors of the United States, 1789-1978. Greenwood Press, 1988. ISBN 0-313-28093-2

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Political offices
Preceded by
William Gregory
Lieutenant Governor of Rhode Island
Succeeded by
George L. Shepley
Preceded by
William Gregory
Governor of Rhode Island
Succeeded by
Lucius F. C. Garvin