Samuel Cranston, Governor of Rhode Island

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Samuel Cranston

Birthdate: (67)
Birthplace: Newport, Rhode Island
Death: Died in Newport, Rhode Island
Immediate Family:

Son of John Cranston, Governor of Rhode Island and Mary Stanton
Husband of Mary Cranston (Hart) and Judith Cranston (Parrott)
Father of John Cranston; Thomas Cranston; Mary Cranston; James Cranston; Hart Cranston and 2 others
Brother of James Cranston; Caleb Cranston; Jeremiah Cranston; Mary Cranston; Benjamin Cranston and 5 others
Half brother of Henry Stanton

Occupation: Govenor of the colony of Rhode Island, Goldsmith/Governor of Rhode Island 1698-1729, Goldsmith; governor of RI 1698-1727
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About Samuel Cranston, Governor of Rhode Island

Samuel Cranston (1659–1727) was a governor of the Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations during the first quarter of the 18th century. He held office from 1698 to 1727, being elected to office 30 times (twice in 1698), and served as governor longer than any other individual in the history of both the colony and the state of Rhode Island. The son of former Rhode Island Governor John Cranston, he was born in Newport and lived there his entire life.

His mother was Mary Clarke, the daughter of an early colonial President, Jeremiah Clarke, and through the Clarkes he descends from King Edward I of England.[1][2] The oldest of ten children, he was educated as a youth, and became a merchant as a young adult, with his trade being that of a goldsmith.[1]

Bicknell relates an interesting personal experience Cranston had as a young man. After he was married, he went to sea and was captured by pirates and not heard from for many years.[3] Thinking he was dead, his wife arranged to marry a Mr. Russell of Boston. Cranston managed to gain his freedom and made his way back to Newport, arriving the evening of his wife's wedding. He found his wife before the marriage ceremony, and the event was turned into a celebration for his return, with the groom-to-be surrendering his expected bride with good grace.

His first wife was Mary Hart, a granddaughter of Roger Williams, and his second wife, Judith (Parrott) Cranston, was the widow of his younger brother, Caleb. Cranston is buried in the Common Burying Ground in Newport, and shares a large marker with his father.


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Samuel Cranston, Governor of Rhode Island's Timeline

August 16, 1659
Newport, Rhode Island
August 4, 1684
Age 24
Newport, Newport County, Rhode Island, United States
May 11, 1687
Age 27
Newport, Newport, Rhode Island, USA
August 2, 1692
Age 32
Newport, RI, United States
November 4, 1694
Age 35
Newport, Newport, Rhode Island, USA
January 6, 1696
Age 36
Newport, Rhode Island, United States
July 26, 1699
Age 39
Newport, Rhode Island, United States
July 29, 1701
Age 41
Newport, Rhode Island, United States