Elisha Dyer, III, Governor

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Elisha Dyer, III

Birthdate: (67)
Birthplace: Providence, Providence, RI
Death: November 29, 1906 (67)
Providence, Providence, RI
Place of Burial: Swan Point, Providence, Blackstone Blvd
Immediate Family:

Son of Elisha Dyer, Governor and Anna Jones (Hoppin) Dyer
Husband of Nancy Anthony Dyer
Father of Elisha Dyer, IV; George Rathbone Dyer; Nancy Dyer and Hezekiah Anthony Dyer
Brother of William Jones Dyer; George Rathbone Dyer; Henry Lyman Dyer; Thomas Hoppin Dyer; Anna Jones Hubbard and 1 other

Managed by: David Andrew Dyer
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About Elisha Dyer, III, Governor


Elisha Dyer, Jr. (November 29, 1839 – November 29, 1906) was a Rhode Island politician who was 45th Governor of Rhode Island from 1897 to 1900. He was the son of Elisha Dyer, Governor of Rhode Island from 1857 to 1859.

Dyer was born in Providence, Rhode Island, and earned a bachelor's degree in chemistry from Brown University and a Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Giessen. While attending Brown, he joined the Zeta Psi Fraternity.

On the outbreak of the Civil War, Elisha Dyer, Jr. enlisted as 4th sergeant of the 1st Light Artillery Battery of Rhode Island on April 15, 1861. Sergeant Elisha Dyer, Jr. was sent with the battery to Easton, Pennsylvania to train other volunteer artillery units. Dyer was discharged shortly after his arrival due to accidental injuries he suffered after an explosion of a limber chest, on April 21, 1861. Dyer spent the remainder of the war as the Lieutenant Colonel in command of the Providence Train of Artillery in the Rhode Island Militia and also served as military aide-de-camp to Governor James Y. Smith from 1863 to 1866.

After the war, he was a longtime member of the Rhode Island Militia, ultimately rising to the rank of brigadier general.

Dyer was elected to the Rhode Island Senate in 1877 and to the Rhode Island House of Representatives in 1880. He was Rhode Island Adjutant General from 1882 to 1895.

In 1896, he was elected Governor as a Republican and served from 1897 to 1900.

He was admitted as an hereditary member of the Rhode Island Society of the Cincinnati in 1898 by right of his descent from Revolutionary war veteran Captain William Jones.

After his single term as Governor, he was again elected to the state Senate in 1904, and then was elected Mayor of Providence in 1905. He died in Providence, while serving in office as Mayor, on his 67th birthday in 1906.


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Elisha Dyer, III, Governor's Timeline

November 28, 1839
Providence, Providence, RI
Age 21
October 23, 1862
Age 22
Providence, Providence, RI
June 24, 1869
Age 29
Providence, Providence, RI
October 28, 1872
Age 32
Providence, Providence, RI
November 29, 1906
Age 67
Providence, Providence, RI
Age 66
Swan Point, Providence, Blackstone Blvd