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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:

Report of the Governor's Commission to Study the Entire Election Process, January 31, 1978

 Item — Folder: 30. Report of the Governor's Commission to Study the Entire Election Process, 1978
Identifier: 1636-288

Report of the Governor's Committee to Study Toll Roads, 1953

 Item — Folder: 29 Report of the Governor's Committee to Study Toll Roads 1953
Identifier: 1636-659

Report of the Metropolitan Sewer Commission to His Excellency, Theodore Francis Green, Governor of the Rhode Island, 1933

 Item — Folder: 20 Report of the Metropolitan Sewer Commission to His Excellency, Theodore Francis Green, Governor of the Rhode Island 1933
Identifier: 1636-800

Report of the Rhode Island Children Laws Commission Submitted to the Governor and to the January Session of the General Assembly, 1926

 Item — Folder: 30 Report of the Rhode Island Children Laws Commission Submitted to the Governor and to the January Session of the General Assembly 1926
Identifier: 1636-873

Report of the Special Commission on Liquor Legislation made to the Governor, 1931

 Item — Folder: 22 Report of the Special Commission on Liquor Legislation made to the Governor 1931
Identifier: 1636-1641

Report on Claim for Re-Imbursement Against the United States, for Money Expended in Raising and Equipping Troops for the War with Spain, 1889-1900

 Item — Folder: 25. Report on Claim for Re-Imbursement Against the United States, for Money Expended in Raising and Equipping Troops for the War with Spain, 1889-1900
Identifier: 1636-1144
Scope and Contents Full titles: Report on Claims for Re-imbursement of the State of Rhode Island BY THE UNITED STATE GOVERNMENT ON ACCOUNT OF THE WAR WITH SPAIN Made to His Excellency Elisha Dyer, Governor by George H. Webb, Captain and A.D.C. January 1889. Supplemental Report on Claims of the State of Rhode Island Against the United States FOR MONEY EXPENDED IN RASIING AND EQUIPPING TROOPS FOR THE WAR WITH SPAIN Made to His Excellency Elisha Dyer, Governor, by George H. Webb, Captain and...
Dates: 1889-1900

Report on Industrial Wastes in Proposed Metropolitan Sewer District, 1933

 Item — Folder: 19 Report on Industrial Wastes in Proposed Metropolitan Sewer District 1933
Identifier: 1636-799
Scope and Contents Report by Stephen De M. Gage, Sanitary Engineer, 177 Arnold Avenue, Providence, Edgewood Station, RI. dated October 14, 1933.
Dates: 1933

Report on the State Merit System: Administrative Organization, Classified Service, Certification, Miscellaneous Provisions, and Constitutional Amendment, 1959

 Item — Folder: 13. Report on the State Merit System: Administrative Organization, Classified Service, Certification, Miscellaneous Provisions, and Constitutional Amendment, 1959 (1636-909)
Identifier: 1636-909

Reports of the Annual Governors Conference on Children and Youth, 1952-1960

 Item — Folder: Governor's Conference on Children and Youth reports, folders 18-20
Identifier: 1636-310
Abstract Report of the Third Annual Governor's Conference on Children and Youth: Report of the Fourth, Sound Mental Health, Good Moral Standards and the Fifth Report, Opportunities and Responsibilities of Children and Youth.
Dates: 1952-1960

Rhode Island Budget in Brief Fiscal Years, 1979, 1982

 Item — Folder: 25. Budget in Brief 1979, 1982
Identifier: 1636-695
Scope and Contents From the Series: Published state budgets submitted by the governor to the legislature outlining appropriations, estimated receipts, expenditures & financial statements of indebtedness, etc., for support of the state for the fiscal year ending June 30. Includes messages of the governor respective, personnel or program supplements, executive budget summaries, capital improvements, technical appendix, etc...
Dates: 1979, 1982

Rhode Island Child Welfare Services Recommendations for Reorganization, 1978

 Item — Folder: 11 Rhode Island Child Welfare Services Recommendations for Reorganization 1978
Identifier: 1636-854

Rhode Island Crime Prevention Organizational Manual, Office of Substance Abuse, Governor's Justice Commission, 1992

 Item — Folder: 19. Rhode Island Crime Prevention Organizational Manual, Office of Substance Abuse, Governor's Justice Commission, 1992 (1636-1086)
Identifier: 1636-1086

Rhode Island State Capital Development Program, 1975-1986

 Item — Folder: 36 Rhode Island State Capital Development Program 1975-1986
Identifier: 1636-879
Scope and Contents From the Series: Published state budgets submitted by the governor to the legislature outlining appropriations, estimated receipts, expenditures & financial statements of indebtedness, etc., for support of the state for the fiscal year ending June 30. Includes messages of the governor respective, personnel or program supplements, executive budget summaries, capital improvements, technical appendix, etc...
Dates: 1975-1986

RI 350 report, flag and sign, 1985-1987

 Item — Box: RI 350 flag and sign
Identifier: 2014-30
Scope and Contents Includes one copy of the RI 350 Committee’s Year End Report to Governor DiPrete, January 23, 1987, two copies of the RI 350 flag and one copy of the RI 350 sign.
Dates: 1985-1987

RI 350: Rhode Island's Freedom Trail, 1986

 File — Folder: Rhode Island's Freedom Trail 1986 folder 10
Identifier: 2018-06

Select Commission on the Future of Solid Waste Management in Rhode Island: Report to the Governor, February 3, 1993

 Item — Folder: 8. Select Commission on the Future of Solid Waste Management in Rhode Island: Report to the Governor, February 3, 1993 (1636-955)
Identifier: 1636-955

Serious Crime in Rhode Island Report Nos. 19 and 21, 1986, 1987

 Item — Folder: 29. Serious Crime in Rhode Island Report Nos. 19 and 21 1986 and 1987
Identifier: 1636-699

Serious Crime in Rhode Island Summarizing Statistics for: Homicide , Rape, Robbery, Assault, Burglary, Motor Vehicle, Theft, Larceny including a Special Section on Hate (Bias) Crime, Report No . 32., 1993

 Item — Folder: 18. Serious Crime in Rhode Island Summarizing Statistics for: Homicide , Rape, Robbery, Assault, Burglary, Motor Vehicle, Theft, Larceny including a Special Section on Hate (Bias) Crime, Report No. 32, 1993 (1636-1273)
Identifier: 1636-1273

Special Committee to Study the Several Problems Arising out of the Administration of Chapter 1200 of the Public Laws, 1942, Known and Cited as the "Rhode Island Cash Sickness Compensation Act," As Amended, and to make Recommendations for Amendments thereto, 1946

 Item — Folder: 49 Special Committee to Study the Several Problems Arising out of the Administration of Chapter 1200 of the Public Laws, 1942, Known and Cited as the "Rhode Island Cash Sickness Compensation Act," 1946
Identifier: 1636-829