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Norman Stanley Case

Birthdate: (79)
Birthplace: Providence, Providence Co., Rhode Island
Death: October 9, 1967 (79)
Wakefield, RI
Place of Burial: Swan Point Cemetery, Providence, Providence Co., RI
Immediate Family:

Son of John Warren Case and Louise Maria White
Husband of Emma Louise Arnold
Father of <private> Case; Joseph Warren Case and <private> Case
Brother of Mattie W. Case and Emma L. Case

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About Norman S. Case, Governor

Norman Stanley Case (October 11, 1888 – October 9, 1967) was the Lieutenant Governor of Rhode Island from 1927 to 1928 and the 56th Governor of Rhode Island from 1928 to 1933. In addition, he also served in the Army during World War I, and was the U.S. District Attorney for Rhode Island from 1921 to 1926. Case was a member of the Republican Party during his entire time in office. He was an active member of the Freemasons, and was a Baptist.

Life and Political career

Norman S. Case was born in Providence, Rhode Island to John Warren Case and Louise Marea (White) Case. He attended Brown University, graduating in 1908, and went on to Harvard Law School. He left Harvard for Boston University Law School, from which he received his law degree in 1912. Case opened a law practice in Providence, and was soon elected to the Providence city council. Case was married on June 28, 1916, to Emma Louise Arnold. A member of the Rhode Island National Guard, Case served on the Mexican border in 1916, and when the United States joined World War I, Captain Case went to Europe with a machine-gun battalion—all the while still serving as a city councilor.

President Warren G. Harding appointed Case U.S. District Attorney for Rhode Island in 1921; he left the position in 1926 to run for Lieutenant Governor. He won the election, taking office in 1927; just over a year later, on February 4, 1928, Governor Aram J. Pothier died in office, making Case acting governor. Case won the governorship in his own right in 1928, and was reelected in 1930. Case was soundly defeated by T. F. Green in his 1932 bid for reelection.

President Franklin D. Roosevelt appointed Case as one of the initial commissioners of the Federal Communications Commission when that agency was set up in 1934, and reappointed him for a full seven-year term in 1938. In 1945, by-then Senator T. F. Green opposed Case's candidacy for a third term, and President Harry Truman did not renominate him. Case was succeeded on the FCC by former Vermont governor William H. Wills. After leaving the FCC, Case returned to private law practice, joining Frank W. Wozencraft, former general counsel for RCA, in the Washington firm of Case & Wozencraft.

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Norman S. Case, Governor's Timeline

Providence, Providence Co., Rhode Island
Age 33
Rhode Island
October 9, 1967
Age 79
Wakefield, RI
Swan Point Cemetery, Providence, Providence Co., RI