George H. Utter

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George H. Utter
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Rhode Island's 2nd district
In office
March 4, 1911 – November 3, 1912
Preceded by Adin B. Capron
Succeeded by Peter G. Gerry
49th Governor of Rhode Island
In office
January 3, 1905 – January 1, 1907
Lieutenant Frederick Jackson
Preceded by Lucius F. C. Garvin
Succeeded by James H. Higgins
Lieutenant Governor of Rhode Island
In office
Governor Lucius F. C. Garvin
Preceded by Adelard Archambault
Succeeded by Frederick Jackson
Personal details
Born (1854-07-24)July 24, 1854
Plainfield, New Jersey, New Jersey
Died November 3, 1912(1912-11-03) (aged 58)
Resting place Riverbend Cemetery, Westerly, Rhode Island
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Elizabeth Lovina Brown
Residence Westerly, Rhode Island
Alma mater Amherst College
Profession Newspaper publisher

George Herbert Utter (July 24, 1854 – November 3, 1912) was a U.S. Representative from Rhode Island and the 49th Governor of Rhode Island.

Born in Plainfield, New Jersey, Utter moved with his parents to Westerly, Rhode Island in 1861. He attended the public schools of Westerly and Alfred (New York) Academy. He graduated from Amherst College, Massachusetts in 1877. He was engaged as a printer and publisher of the Westerly Sun before serving as a personal aide on the staff of Governor Augustus O. Bourn 1883–1885. He served as member of the Rhode Island House of Representatives 1885–1889, serving as speaker the last year.

Utter served in the Rhode Island Senate (1889–1891), as Secretary of State of Rhode Island (1891–1894), and as Lieutenant Governor (1904) and Governor (1905–06) of Rhode Island.

Utter was elected as a Republican to the Sixty-second Congress and served from March 4, 1911, until his death from liver cancer in Westerly, Rhode Island, November 3, 1912. At the time of his death, Utter was running for re-election to Congress.[1]

He was interred in Riverbend Cemetery, Westerly, Rhode Island.


  1. ^ "Congressman Utter Dead" (PDF). New York Times. 1912-11-04. Retrieved 2009-05-02. 

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Political offices
Preceded by
Adelard Archambault
Lieutenant Governor of Rhode Island
Succeeded by
Frederick Jackson
Preceded by
Lucius F. C. Garvin
Governor of Rhode Island
Succeeded by
James H. Higgins
United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Adin B. Capron
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Rhode Island's 2nd congressional district

Succeeded by
Peter G. Gerry