William Coddington, Jr.
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William Coddington Jr. (18 Jan 1651 - 5 Feb 1689) was an early governor of the Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations, serving two consecutive terms from 1683 to 1685. Coddington was the son of William Coddington who served many terms as governor of the two towns of Portsmouth and Newport in the Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations, and later as the governor of all the united towns of the colony. Young Coddington was the sixth of 13 children of his father, and the oldest child of his father's third wife, Anne Brinley, the daughter of Thomas and Anna (Wase) Brinley. Coddington was born and raised in Newport, and became a freeman there in 1675 at the age of 24. He began his political career in 1679 when he became deputy of the colony for a year, and then became assistant the following two years. In 1683 he was selected as governor of the colony and served in this capacity for two years. He died at the age of 48 without ever having married, and was buried in the Coddington Cemetery in Newport.