William M. Rodman

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William M. Rodman
William M. Rodman mayor of Providence.jpg
7th Mayor of Providence, Rhode Island
In office
June 1857 – June 1859
Preceded by James Y. Smith
Succeeded by Jabez C. Knight
Personal details
Born (1814-06-19)June 19, 1814
Newport, Rhode Island
Died December 11, 1868(1868-12-11) (aged 54)
Providence, Rhode Island
Resting place Swan Point Cemetery
Political party Republican-American[1]
Residence Providence, Rhode Island
Occupation Tailoring, Insurance

William Mitchell Rodman (June 19, 1814 – December 11, 1868) was a tailor and 7th mayor of Providence, Rhode Island 1857-1859.

Early life[edit]

Rodman was born June 19, 1814 in Newport, Rhode Island.[1] Young William attended the school taught by his father, a Quaker school-master.[1][2] At age 16, he moved to Providence to become a tailor's apprentice with the firm E.C. & T. Wells.[2]


Wells were the leading tailors of Providence.[2][3] Starting from about 1850, Rodman teamed with Sullivan Moulton to form the tailoring firm of Moulton and Rodman, located first in the Arcade, then at 27 Westminster Street.[3] Their customers included some of the most prominent people of Providence.[3]

Rodman was a member of the school committee and City Council before being elected to two consecutive terms as mayor 1857-1859.[2] After his political career, Rodman went into the insurance business.[2]

Rodman died at his home in Providence on December 11, 1868[2] and was buried at Swan Point Cemetery.[4]


  1. ^ a b c "Mayors of the City of Providence". The City of Providence website. Retrieved 17 May 2015.
  2. ^ a b c d e f Greene, Welcome Arnold (1886). Providence Plantations for 250 Years. Providence, Rhode Island: J.A. & R.A. Reid. p. 104.
  3. ^ a b c Representative Men and Old Families of Rhode Island. J.H. Beers & Company. 1908. p. 1487. Retrieved 17 May 2015.
  4. ^ William M. Rodman at Find a Grave

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Political offices
Preceded by
James Y. Smith
Mayor of Providence
Succeeded by
Jabez C. Knight