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Rhode Island. Governor (1647-)

 Organization

Dates

  • Existence: 1647-

Historical Note

Upon the founding of the colony the original settlements formed political compacts and establish rules of governance and conduct. While such agreements were suitable early on a more organized, centralized form of government became necessary as the colony expanded. In 1644, the first colonial charter uniting the several communities of Newport, Portsmouth, Providence, & Warwick was acquired from England. In 1647, colonial government was established and a General Assembly met to produce a code of laws and adopt a colonial seal. Within the acts and orders established was the appointment of a President of the colony, the predecessor to the office of the Governor along with assistants representing each of the towns. There continued to be a President of the colony until receipt of the second Royal Charter from King Charles II in 1663. The charter called for the leadership of the state to consist of a Governor, Deputy-Governor, and ten (10) assistants. Although this charter created the position of Governor the duties and powers of the office granted under the charter were limited. During the early years of the colony, the towns had much more power than the centralized government, and therefore the position of Governor was largely symbolic. The Governor held certain powers because of his position as commander in chief, but did not have the ability to control the direction of the colony as did the General Assembly. The General Assembly’s current website explains that under the charter there existed “a nearly powerless, elected governor”. The first iteration of the Rhode Island Constitution, ratified in 1842, continued to limit the power of the Governor and give to the General Assembly many of the powers designated to the executive branch in the federal government. The Governor, although the symbolic figurehead of the state, did not exercise any legislative powers under the concept of separation of powers until 2004. In 2004, voters approved a referendum calling for an amendment of the state Constitution, finally establishing a separation of powers within the state government. This amendment took some of the immense power of the General Assembly by giving the Governor the power to appoint the heads and members of many commissions and boards, and to appoint members of the judiciary. Other major change in the Office of the Governor occurred in 1994, when the term of General Officers went from two (2) years to four (4) years.

Found in 143 Collections and/or Records:

A Report by Governor Philip W. Noel to the Honorable General Assembly On the Economic Renewal of the State, May 1973

 Item — Folder: 8, A Report by Governor Philip W. Noel to the Honorable General Assembly On the Economic Renewal of the State, May 1973
Identifier: 1636-262

An Agenda for Progress: Phase One, the revitalization of Rhode Island's business climate during the first six months of the DiPrete Administration, 1985

 Item — Folder: 8. An Agenda for Progress: Phase One, the revitalization of Rhode Island's business climate during the first six months of the DiPrete Administration, 1985
Identifier: 1636-169

An Analysis of Social Data Affecting the Lives of Rhode Island Older Population, 1978

 Item — Folder: 1 An Analysis of Social Data Affecting the Lives of Rhode Island Older Population 1978
Identifier: 1636-1034

Annual Report on the Status of Compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act by the State of Rhode Island January 26, 1992 to January 26, 1993, 1993

 Item — Folder: 1. Annual Report on the Status of Compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act by the State of Rhode Island January 26, 1992 to January 26, 1993, 1993
Identifier: 1636-1120

Annual State Employee Christmas Program

 Item — Folder: 31 State Employees Christmas Program, 1972
Identifier: 1636-4039

Chairman's Report on the Automobile Insurance Task Force, 1993

 Item — Folder: 5. Chairman's Report on the Automobile Insurance Task Force, 1993 (1636-988)
Identifier: 1636-988

Commission to Revise and Digest Public Laws meeting minutes

 Series — Volume: Commission to Revise and Digest Public Laws meeting minutes, 1880-1881
Identifier: C#00372
Abstract Minutes of meetings of the commission to revise and digest public laws of the State of RI. Included: Dates of meetings, number of meetings, names of members present, titles and chapters acted upon, other actions taken by the commissioners.
Dates: July 1, 1880-January 13, 1881

Domestic Violence: Rhode Island's Comprehensive Status Report, 1993

 Item — Folder: 27. Domestic Violence: Rhode Island's Comprehensive Status Report, 1993
Identifier: 1636-1146
Scope and Contents Including information on: Community Response, elderly Abuse National Information, Proposed Federal Funds, Regional Information and Stalking.
Dates: 1993

Domestic/Family Violence: A Statistical and Narrative Report Highlighting Rhode Island and Nationwide Data and Information Report No. 20

 Item — Folder: 28. Domestic/Family Violence: A Statistical and Narrative Report Highlighting Rhode Island and Nationwide Data and Information Report No. 20 1986
Identifier: 1636-698

Edward DiPrete campaign plans

 Series — Box: Edward DiPrete campaign plan, 1984
Identifier: 2011-46
Scope and Contents Records consist of documents labeled as "DiPrete Campaign Plan" for the year 1984. It includes ten (10) sections which are: I. Introduction; II. Background; III. Profile of the Candidate; IV. Republican Nomination; V. Strategy Statement; VI. Tactics; VII. Media Strategy; VIII. Survey Research; IX. Budget and Addendum. The documents outline the DiPrete campaign strategy for the candidate's first successful run for Rhode Island Governor.
Dates: 1984

Executive Department, 1962-1990

 Sub-Series
Scope and Contents From the Series: The rules and regulations promulgated by various state agencies, boards and commissions are filed with the Secretary of State per the Rhode Island Administrative Procedures Act, R.I. Gen. Laws Chapter 42-35.
Dates: 1962-1990

Executive Department rules and regulations, 1962-1990

 Digital Work
Identifier: 22b334b5-1e0d-41e6-9afb-31b4842090a5
Dates: 1962-1990

Executive Orders, 1973

 Digital Work
Identifier: 1973 Executive Orders
Dates: 1973

Executive Orders, 1974

 Digital Work
Identifier: 1974 Executive Orders
Dates: 1974

Executive Orders, 1975

 Digital Work
Identifier: 1975 Executive Orders
Dates: 1975

Executive Orders, 1976

 Digital Work
Identifier: 1976 Executive Orders
Dates: 1976

Extraditions and Requisitions

 Digital Record
Identifier: DO 155
Dates: Event: 1842-2001

General Implications of Oil Refinery Development Governor's Office, ERCC

 Item — Folder: 31 General Implications of Oil Refinery Development Governor's Office, ERCC, 1967
Identifier: 1636-735

Gina Raimondo, 2015-2021

 Sub-Series — Box: Governor's Executive Orders 2015-2021 (partial), 2021-09
Identifier: 2021-09
Scope and Contents From the Series: Record of orders issued by the governor as head of the executive branch of government having status or rule of law and not requiring action by the state legislature
Dates: 2015-2021

Governor Approval of Bond Issues

 Series — Folder: Governor Approval of Bond Issues, 1946-1976
Identifier: C#00892
Abstract Letters to the Secretary of State from the Governor approving the issuance of bonds. Letters include names of the two general officers, purpose of the bond issue, date approved, and usually the amount of the bond issue.
Dates: 1946-1976

Governor Bruce Sundlun's State of the State Address, 1992, 1993

 Item — Folder: 21. Governor Bruce Sundlun's State of the State Address, 1992, 1993 (1636-968)
Identifier: 1636-968
Scope and Contents From the Sub-Series: Gubernatorial Messages of Governor's of Rhode Island to the General Assembly: 1866, 1896, 1878, 1879, 1898, 1902 (two copies), 1904, 1910, 1914 (two copies), 1928-1934 (two copies of 1929, 1931 & 1933), 1936, 1938-1939, 1941-1946, 1948-1949, 1950-1951, 1956, 1958-1961, 1963, 1965, 1967, 1969, 1972-1974, 1976, 1981, 1986-1988, 1995.
Dates: 1992, 1993

Governor Chafee inspects the building of the Newport Bridge

 Digital Record
Identifier: DO 938749e2-d198-4ad2-9791-d4e1edcea618
Dates: July 1967

Governor Edward D. DiPrete records

 Series — Box: 1-82. Governor Edward D. DiPrete records
Identifier: 1636-1500
Scope and Contents Records spanning tenure as governor primarily correspondence (incoming & outgoing) & subject files as relating to governor’s executive council, budget & legal offices, extraditions ordered, proclamations issued, memos, staff agendas, projects, etc.
Dates: 1986-1990

Governor Herbert W. Ladd papers

 Series — Box: Governor Herbert W. Ladd papers, 1872-1894
Identifier: C#00081
Scope and Contents Record in incoming correspondence, personal notes & scrapbook of newspaper clippings relating to business & organizational dealings while serving as president of the Commercial Club of Providence & two non consecutive administrations as governor of Rhode Island, 1889 – 1890 & 1891 – 1892
Dates: 1872-1912

Governor J. Joseph Garrahy correspondence, 1970-1985

 Sub-Series
Scope and Contents From the Series: Administration files spanning terms both as lieutenant governor & governor. Includes memorabilia, photographs, correspondence, press releases, speeches & appointments made, certificates of engagement, newspaper clippings, account of trips taken while in office, material relating to state budgets, elections, the blizzard of 1978 or other newsworthy issues or highlights encountered during administration.
Dates: 1970-1985

Governor J. Joseph Garrahy records

 Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: 1636-1501-C#01781
Scope and Contents Administration files spanning terms both as lieutenant governor & governor. Includes memorabilia, photographs, correspondence, press releases, speeches & appointments made, certificates of engagement, newspaper clippings, account of trips taken while in office, material relating to state budgets, elections, the blizzard of 1978 or other newsworthy issues or highlights encountered during administration.
Dates: 1970-1985

Governor letter register

 Series — Volume: Governor letter register, 1756-1765
Identifier: C#00480
Abstract Function: To record the text of correspondence related to RI's participation in the war of Great Britain against France. Contents: Handwritten copies of correspondence and other documents related to the RI's efforts in concert with Great Britain in the war with France. The majority of the documents are addressed to the Governor. Bulk consists of correspondence to and from Great Britain concerning the raising of troops and settling of accounts between the colony and the crown. Most of the volume...
Dates: January 30, 1756-June 30, 1765

Governor Lincoln D. Chafee records

 Series — Box: Governor Lincoln D. Chafee CD and audiotapes, Restricted
Identifier: 2015-01
Abstract These are the records of the administration for Governor Lincoln D. Chafee for the years 2011-2015.
Dates: 2011-2015

Governor's Auditing Committee Quartermaster General's Accounts audit

 Series — Volume: Governor's Auditing Committee Quartermaster General's Accounts audit, 1861
Identifier: C#00470
Abstract Function: To record information of an audit of the Quartermaster General's office in 1861. Contents: Voucher list contains: month, day, year, voucher number, amount and a total for each column. Journal of expenses and receipts, list contains month, day, year, person who requisitioned money or returned excess funds, amount and a column total. List of notes issued to Quartermaster General includes: month, day, year, amount person who received the note, column total. Disbursements made by Quarter...
Dates: April 1, 1861-December 27, 1861