Rhode Island. Governor (1647-)
- Existence: 1647-
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
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
Item — Folder: 1 An Analysis of Social Data Affecting the Lives of Rhode Island Older Population 1978
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
Item — Folder: 31 State Employees Christmas Program, 1972
Item — Folder: 5. Chairman's Report on the Automobile Insurance Task Force, 1993 (1636-988)
Series — Volume: Commission to Revise and Digest Public Laws meeting minutes, 1880-1881
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
Item — Folder: 27. Domestic Violence: Rhode Island's Comprehensive Status Report, 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
Series — Box: Edward DiPrete campaign plan, 1984
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.
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.
Identifier: 1973 Executive Orders
Identifier: 1974 Executive Orders
Identifier: 1975 Executive Orders
Identifier: 1976 Executive Orders
Identifier: DO 155
Dates: Event: 1842-2001
Item — Folder: 31 General Implications of Oil Refinery Development Governor's Office, ERCC, 1967
Sub-Series — Box: Governor's Executive Orders 2015-2021 (partial), 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
Series — Folder: Governor Approval of Bond Issues, 1946-1976
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.
Item — Folder: 21. Governor Bruce Sundlun's State of the State Address, 1992, 1993 (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
Identifier: DO 938749e2-d198-4ad2-9791-d4e1edcea618
Dates: July 1967
Series — Box: 1-82. Governor Edward D. DiPrete records
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.
Series — Box: Governor Herbert W. Ladd papers, 1872-1894
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
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.
Series — Multiple Containers
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.
Series — Volume: Governor letter register, 1756-1765
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
Series — Box: Governor Lincoln D. Chafee CD and audiotapes, Restricted
Series — Volume: Governor's Auditing Committee Quartermaster General's Accounts audit, 1861
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
Governor's Blue Ribbon Commission on Liability Insurance: Report to Governor Edward D. DiPrete, 1987
Item — Folder: 38 Governor's Blue Ribbon Commission on Liability Insurance 1987