Jonathan Arnold was born 3 December 1741 in Providence, Providence County, Rhode Island to Josiah Arnold (1716-1747) and Amey Phillips (1717-) and died 1 February 1793 in Saint Johnsbury, Caldonia County, Vermont of unspecified causes. He married Mary Burr (1743-1781) 23 August 1783 in St. Johnsbury, Caldonia County, Vermont. He married Alice Crawford (1757-1790) 1790 in Caldonia County, Vermont.
Continental Congressman. A physician, he became a charter member of the Providence Grenadiers militia unit in 1774. Elected to the Rhode Island Assembly in 1776, he authored the May Act, a law that repealed the requirement for government officials and militia officers to swear oath of allegiance to England.
He joined Continental Army after the Revolutionary War began, and served as surgeon and director of the Army hospital in Providence, Rhode Island.
He was elected as a Delegate to the Continental Congress in 1782, and served until 1783. In 1786 he moved to Winchester, New Hampshire, and later became proprietor and first settler of St. Johnsbury in Vermont. He was appointed Orange County Judge, an office in which he served until his death. Arnold Park in St. Johnsbury near the site of his home is named for him.
|Offspring of Jonathan Arnold and Mary Burr (1743-1781)|
|Josiah Lyndon Arnold (1768-1796)|| |
|William C Arnold (1773-1813)|| |
|Sarah Arnold (1777-1814)|
|Offspring of Jonathan Arnold and Alice Crawford (1757-1790)|
|Freelove Crawford Arnold (1788-1789)|| |
|Freelove Crawford Arnold (1790-1848)|
|Offspring of Jonathan Arnold and Cynthia Hastings (1763-)|
|Lemuel Hastings Arnold (1792-1852)||29 January 1792 Saint Johnsbury, Caledonia County, Vermont||27 June 1852 South Kingstown, Washington County, Rhode Island|| Sarah Lyman (1799-1837)|
Catherine Shannard (1800-)
He was the father of Rhode Island Governor and Congressman Lemuel Hastings Arnold, and the great-great-grandfather of Rhode Island Governor and United States Senator Theodore Francis Green.