James Fenner

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James Fenner
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7th, 11th, and 17th Governor of Rhode Island
In office
May 1807 – May 1811
Preceded byIsaac Wilbour
Succeeded byWilliam Jones
In office
May 1824 – May 1831
Preceded byWilliam C. Gibbs
Succeeded byLemuel H. Arnold
In office
May 1843 – May 1845
Preceded bySamuel Ward King
Succeeded byCharles Jackson
United States Senator
from Rhode Island
In office
March 4, 1805 – September 1807
Preceded byChristopher Ellery
Succeeded byElisha Mathewson
33rd Chief Justice of the Rhode Island Supreme Court
In office
1819–1819
Preceded byTristam Burges
Succeeded byIsaac Wilbour
Personal details
Born(1771-01-22)January 22, 1771
Providence, Rhode Island
DiedApril 17, 1846(1846-04-17) (aged 75)
Providence, Rhode Island
Political partyDemocratic-Republican
 
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James Fenner
GovJamesFenner.jpg
7th, 11th, and 17th Governor of Rhode Island
In office
May 1807 – May 1811
Preceded byIsaac Wilbour
Succeeded byWilliam Jones
In office
May 1824 – May 1831
Preceded byWilliam C. Gibbs
Succeeded byLemuel H. Arnold
In office
May 1843 – May 1845
Preceded bySamuel Ward King
Succeeded byCharles Jackson
United States Senator
from Rhode Island
In office
March 4, 1805 – September 1807
Preceded byChristopher Ellery
Succeeded byElisha Mathewson
33rd Chief Justice of the Rhode Island Supreme Court
In office
1819–1819
Preceded byTristam Burges
Succeeded byIsaac Wilbour
Personal details
Born(1771-01-22)January 22, 1771
Providence, Rhode Island
DiedApril 17, 1846(1846-04-17) (aged 75)
Providence, Rhode Island
Political partyDemocratic-Republican

James Fenner (January 22, 1771 – April 17, 1846) was an American politician who served as an United States Senator as well as the seventh, 11th and 17th Governor of Rhode Island (on three separate occasions). He was the son of Arthur Fenner, the fourth governor of Rhode Island.

Fenner was born in Providence, Rhode Island. He graduated from Brown University in 1789, and was married to Sarah Whipple Jenckes (his first cousin, once removed) on 17 November 1792. He served as United States senator from 1805 to 1807, then gave up his senatorship to become Governor of Rhode Island, two years after his father died in office. Fenner served as governor from 1807 to 1811, from 1824 to 1831, and from 1843 to 1845. In his final term, Fenner became the first governor to serve under the Rhode Island Constitution, adopted in 1842.

Fenner died in his mansion "What Cheer" in 1846, and was interred in the North Burial Ground in Providence.

Fenner had four children with his wife, Sarah Jenckes:

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Political offices
Preceded by
Isaac Wilbour
Governor of Rhode Island
1807 – 1811
Succeeded by
William Jones
Preceded by
William C. Gibbs
Governor of Rhode Island
1824 – 1831
Succeeded by
Lemuel H. Arnold
Preceded by
Samuel Ward King
Governor of Rhode Island
1843 – 1845
Succeeded by
Charles Jackson
United States Senate
Preceded by
Christopher Ellery
U.S. Senator (Class 2) from Rhode Island
1805–1807
Served alongside: Benjamin Howland
Succeeded by
Elisha Mathewson