Herbert W. Ladd

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Robert Warren Ladd
40th Governor of Rhode Island
In office
May 28, 1889 – May 26, 1890
Preceded by Royal C. Taft
Succeeded by John W. Davis
42nd Governor of Rhode Island
In office
May 26,1891 – May 31,1892
Preceded by John W. Davis
Succeeded by Daniel Russell Brown
Personal details
Born (1843-10-15)October 15, 1843
New Bedford, Bristol County, Massachusetts
Died November 29, 1913(1913-11-29) (aged 70)
Resting place Swan Point Cemetery
Nationality American
Political party Republican
Profession Politician

Herbert Warren Ladd (October 15, 1843 – November 29, 1913) was the 40th and 42nd Governor of Rhode Island for two terms: 1889–90 and 1891–92.

Life and Career[edit]

Ladd was born in New Bedford, Bristol County, Massachusetts on October 15, 1843. He started his career after high school as a dry goods merchant. During the Civil War he became a reporter for the New Bedford Mercury newspaper, covering several Massachusetts regiments. At war's end, he returned to the dry goods business, first in Boston, then in Rhode Island. His firm was called Ladd and Davis, later renamed the H.W. Ladd Company.[1]

In 1891 he donated an astronomical observatory to Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island. The Ladd Observatory is named in his honour. He stated at its inauguration, “Becoming a resident of Rhode Island, my attention was drawn to Brown University, and my interest aroused in it; and when, at the Alumni dinner of 1889, in reply to a question as to what the university most needed, I was informed ‘an observatory,’ and, as circumstances seemed fitting, I determined to make the promise, which was at that time announced.”[2]

He was an active member of the Freemasons.[3]

Honors and Legacy[edit]

The Ladd Laboratory, an agricultural research facility established at the University of Rhode Island in 1891, was named for Governor Ladd.[4] He was also responsible for initiating construction of the Rhode Island State House which was completed in 1904.[5][6]

The Ladd School in Exeter, Rhode Island, which for many years met the needs of the developmentally disabled, was named after him.


Herbert W Ladd Grave in Swan Point Cemetery, Providence.

Ladd died on November 29, 1913 and was interred at Swan Point Cemetery, Providence, Rhode Island.[7]


External links[edit]

The Political Graveyard

Political offices
Preceded by
Royal C. Taft
Governor of Rhode Island
Succeeded by
John W. Davis
Preceded by
John W. Davis
Governor of Rhode Island
Succeeded by
Daniel Russell Brown