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Elisha Dyer, Jr.

Birthdate: (78)
Birthplace: Providence, Providence, RI
Death: May 17, 1890 (78)
Providence, Providence, RI
Place of Burial: Swan Point Cemetery, Providence, RI
Immediate Family:

Son of Elisha Dyer, Sr. and Frances Dunn Dyer
Husband of Anna Jones (Hoppin) Dyer
Father of Elisha Dyer, III, Governor; William Jones Dyer; George Rathbone Dyer; Henry Lyman Dyer; Thomas Hoppin Dyer and 2 others
Brother of Caroline Lyman; Frances Jones Vinton; George Dyer; George Rathbone Dyer and Esther Dunn Jones Dyer

Managed by: David Andrew Dyer
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About Elisha Dyer, Governor


Elisha Dyer (July 20, 1811 - May 17, 1890) was an American politician and the 25th Governor of Rhode Island.

Early life

Dyer was born in Providence, Rhode Island on July 20, 1811. He graduated from Brown University. After completing his studies, he worked in his father’s mercantile business.

Political career

He was a Republican. In 1840, Dyer was elected Adjutant General of Rhode Island. He held that position for five years. He then served on the Providence School Committee for over a decade.

He was the governor of Rhode Island from May 26, 1857 to May 31, 1859.

During the Civil War, Dyer was the captain of Company B of the 10th Rhode Island Volunteer Infantry. He served on active duty from May 23rd to September 1st, 1862 in the defenses of Washington, D.C.

After the war, he joined the Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States and was issued insignia number 3163.

He was appointed Rhode Island’s commissioner to the International Exhibition at London in 1871. He also was President and Director of the Exchange Bank, Second Vice President of the Rhode Island Art Association, and a member of the United States Agricultural Society and the Rhode Island Historical Society. He was also an active member of the Freemasons.

He died on May 17, 1890.

Dyer's son, Elisha Dyer, Jr., was Governor of Rhode Island from 1897-1900.

Elisha Dyer Camp No. 7 of the Rhode Island Department of the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War is named in his and his son's honor.

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Elisha Dyer, Governor's Timeline

July 20, 1811
Providence, Providence, RI
Age 22
Rhode Island
Age 25
Providence, Providence, RI
Age 26
Providence, Providence, RI
November 28, 1839
Age 28
Providence, Providence, RI
August 19, 1844
Age 33
Providence, Providence, RI
November 1847
Age 36
Providence, Providence, RI
April 16, 1850
Age 38
Providence, Providence, Rhode Island, United States
May 17, 1890
Age 78
Providence, Providence, RI