Politicians Born In the Blackstone Valley

Blackstone, MA: Kennedy, Ambrose (1875-1967) of Woonsocket, Providence County, R.I. Born in Blackstone, Worcester County, Mass., December 1, 1875. Republican. Lawyer; member of Rhode Island state house of representatives, 1911-13; Speaker of the Rhode Island State House of Representatives, 1912; U.S. Representative from Rhode Island 3rd District, 1913-23. Died March 10, 1967. Interment at St. Paul's Cemetery, Blackstone, Mass.

St. Germain, Fernand Joseph (b. 1928) -- also known as Fernand J. St. Germain -- of Woonsocket, Providence County, R.I. Born in Blackstone, Worcester County, Mass., January 9, 1928. Democrat. Member of Rhode Island state house of representatives, 1952-60; delegate to Rhode Island state constitutional convention, 1955; U.S. Representative from Rhode Island 1st District, 1961-89. Member, American Legion. Still living as of 1998.

Burrillville, RI: Lapham, Oscar (1837-1926) of Providence, Providence County, R.I. Born in Burrillville, Providence County, R.I., June 29, 1837. Democrat. Member of Rhode Island state senate, 1887; U.S. Representative from Rhode Island 1st District, 1891-95. Died March 29, 1926. Interment at Swan Point Cemetery, Providence, R.I.

Perkins, Fred Bartlett (b. 1897) of West Barrington, Barrington, Bristol County, R.I. Son of Fred William Perkins and Sophia Louise (Bartlett) Perkins. Born in Burrillville, Providence County, R.I., February 16, 1897. Republican. Served in the U.S. Army during World War I; lawyer; member of Rhode Island Republican State Central Committee, 1946-50; justice of Rhode Island state supreme court, 1952-60. Universalist. Member, American Bar Association; Delta Sigma Rho; Delta Upsilon; Phi Beta Kappa. Presumed deceased. Burial location unknown

Douglas: Thayer, John Randolph (1845-1916) of Worcester, Worcester County, Mass. Born in Douglas, Worcester County, Mass., March 9, 1845. Democrat. Lawyer; member of Massachusetts state house of representatives, 1880-81; member of Massachusetts state senate, 1890-91; U.S. Representative from Massachusetts 3rd District, 1899-1905. Died in 1916. Interment at Rural Cemetery, Worcester, Mass.

Hopedale: O'Connell, M. Fred (b. 1870) of Fitchburg, Worcester County, Mass. Born in Hopedale, Worcester County, Mass., June 4, 1870. Democrat. Member of Massachusetts state house of representatives, 1905-07; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Massachusetts, 1912, 1932; candidate for U.S. Representative from Massachusetts 3rd District, 1922. Burial location unknown

Mendon: Adams, Benjamin (1764-1837) Born in Mendon, Worcester County, Mass., December 16, 1764. Member of Massachusetts state house of representatives, 1809-14; member of Massachusetts state senate, 1814-15, 1822-25; U.S. Representative from Massachusetts, 1816-21 (11th District 1816-17, 12th District 1817-21); defeated, 1820, 1822. Died in Uxbridge, Worcester County, Mass., March 28, 1837. Interment at Prospect Hill Cemetery, Uxbridge

Hastings, William Soden (1798-1842) Son of Seth Hastings. Born in Mendon, Worcester County, Mass., June 3, 1798. Democrat. Member of Massachusetts state house of representatives, 1828; member of Massachusetts state senate, 1829-33; U.S. Representative from Massachusetts 9th District, 1837-42; died in office 1842. Died in Red Sulphur Springs, Monroe County, Va. (now W.Va.), June 17, 1842. Interment at Old Cemetery, Mendon, Mass.; cenotaph at Congressional Cemetery, Washington, D.C.

Wilder, Abel Carter (1828-1875) of Leavenworth, Leavenworth County, Kan.; Rochester, Monroe County, N.Y. Born in Mendon, Worcester County, Mass., March 18, 1828. Republican. Delegate to Republican National Convention from Kansas, 1860, 1864; served in the Union Army during the Civil War; U.S. Representative from Kansas at-large, 1863-65; delegate to Republican National Convention from New York, 1868, 1872; mayor of Rochester, N.Y., 1872-73. Died in San Francisco, Calif., December 22, 1875. Interment at Mt. Hope Cemetery, Rochester, N.Y.

Northbridge: Oppewall, Peter (b. 1922) of Grand Rapids, Kent County, Mich. Born in Northbridge, Worcester County, Mass., 1922. Democrat. Served in the U.S. Army Air Force in World War II; college professor; candidate in primary for delegate to Michigan state constitutional convention from Kent County 1st District, 1961; member of Michigan state board of education; elected 1964. Christian Reformed. Member, Urban League. Still living as of 1995

Sutton: Sibley, Jonas (1762-1834) Born in Sutton, Worcester County, Mass., March 7, 1762. Democrat. Member of Massachusetts state house of representatives, 1806; U.S. Representative from Massachusetts 11th District, 1823-25; member of Massachusetts state senate, 1826. Died February 5, 1834. Interment at Center Cemetery, Sutton, Mass.

Sibley, Solomon (1769-1846) of Detroit, Wayne County, Mich. Father-in-law of Charles Christopher Trowbridge; father of Henry Hastings Sibley. Born in Sutton, Worcester County, Mass., October 7, 1769. Member of Northwest Territory legislature, 1799; mayor of Detroit, Mich., 1806; U.S. District Attorney for Michigan, 1815-24; Delegate to U.S. Congress from Michigan Territory, 1820-23; justice of Michigan territorial supreme court, 1824-27. Died in Detroit, Wayne County, Mich., April 4, 1846. Interment at Elmwood Cemetery, Detroit, Mich.

Uxbridge: Bartlett, Willard (b. 1846) of Brooklyn, Kings County, N.Y. Born in Uxbridge, Worcester County, Mass., October 14, 1846. Justice of New York Supreme Court 2nd District, 1884-1907; Justice of the Appellate Division of the New York Supreme Court 2nd Department, 1896-1906; judge of New York Court of Appeals, 1906-16; chief judge of New York Court of Appeals, 1913-16. Member, American Bar Association. Burial location unknown.

Worcester: Levi Hubbard 1762 John Curtis Chamberlain 1772 Levi Lincoln, Jr. 1782 Samuel Butman 1788 Enoch Lincoln 1788 Charles Allen 1797 George Bancroft 1800 Frank D. Allen 1850 Charles A. Russell 1852 Rockwood Hoar 1855 Anna Child Bird 1856 Charles G. Washburn 1857 George Bosworth Churchill 1866 John P. O'Brien 1873 John F. McGrath 1881 E. W. Metcalfe 1887 William A. Scott 1888 Thomas J. Conroy c.1889 Carl Pack 1899 Harold D. Donohue 1901 Joseph A. Aspero 1915 John Hugh Crimmins 1919 W. Arthur Garrity, Jr. 1920 William V. Shannon 1927 Joseph D. Early 1933 Peter I. Blute 1956 James P. McGovern 1959 John A. Kissel 1959

 

 

 

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