Henry Tillinghast Sisson

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Henry Tillinghast Sisson
Henry Tillinghast Sisson photo.jpg
Lieutenant governor of Rhode Island
In office
GovernorHenry Lippitt
Preceded byCharles C. Van Zandt
Succeeded byAlbert Howard
Personal details
Born(1831-08-20)August 20, 1831
DiedOctober 19, 1910(1910-10-19) (aged 79)
Little Compton, Rhode Island
Resting placeUnion Cemetery,
Little Compton
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Nettie Walworth; Emily Josephine Brownell
ResidenceLittle Compton, Rhode Island

Henry Tillinghast Sisson (August 20, 1831 – October 19, 1910) was a colonel in the Union Army during the American Civil War, a lieutenant governor of Rhode Island from 1875 to 1877 serving under Governor Henry Lippitt, and inventor of the three-ring binder.

Early life[edit]

He was a lifelong resident of Little Compton, Rhode Island, and inherited a stone mansion at Sakonnet Point. The mansion was originally built by his father for use as a hotel and recently has been known as the Stone House Inn.

In 1854, Sisson secured a patent for the design of a loose-leaf ring binder.

Sisson was commissioned as a lieutenant and paymaster for the 1st Rhode Island Detached Militia (aka. 1st Rhode Island Volunteer Infantry Regiment) in May 1861 and served until the regiment was mustered out in August 1861. He participated in the Battle of Bull Run on July 21, 1961 under General Ambrose Burnside.

In April 1862 he was commissioned as major of the 3rd Rhode Island Heavy Artillery and commanded three companies (B, F and K) of that regiment at the Battle of Secessionville, South Carolina.

On November 5, 1862 he was promoted to colonel and given command of the 5th Rhode Island Heavy Artillery.

Post-war life[edit]

In 1864, he married Nettie Walworth in New Bern, North Carolina; she died in 1868.[1] He then married Emily Josephine Brownell in 1870; they had four children.[1]

He was elected as a Republican to the office of Lieutenant Governor of Rhode Island in 1874 and served from 1875 until 1877.

Death and burial[edit]

Sisson's grave

He died at his mansion in Little Compton on October 19, 1910. He was buried in a plot in Union Cemetery, across the street from the historic Commons Cemetery in Little Compton, Rhode Island.[1]

A life size statue was unveiled in the cemetery by then Massachusetts governor Calvin Coolidge.[1] The bronze statue was designed by Rhode Island sculptor Henri Schonhardt.[2]


  1. ^ a b c d Wilbour, Benjamin Frank (1967). Little Compton Families. Genealogical Publishing Com. p. 607. Retrieved 22 May 2017.
  2. ^ "Artist Biographies: Henri Schonhardt 1875-1953". Bert Gallery. Bert Gallery. Retrieved 22 May 2017.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Charles C. Van Zandt
Lieutenant Governor of Rhode Island
Succeeded by
Albert Howard