Governor Lemuel H. Arnold was born 29 January 1792 in Saint Johnsbury, Caledonia County, Vermont to Jonathan Arnold (1741-1793) and Cynthia Hastings (1763-) and died 27 June 1852 South Kingstown, Washington County, Rhode Island of unspecified causes. He married Sarah Lyman (1799-1837) 1818 in Rhode Island. He married Catherine Shannard (1800-) 1838 in Rhode Island.


Lemuel Hastings Arnold was an American politician from the U.S. state of Rhode Island. A Whig, he served as the 12th Governor of the State of Rhode Island and a member of the U.S. House of Representatives.

Early life

Arnold was born in St. Johnsbury, Vermont, the son of Continental Congress delegate Jonathan Arnold and Cynthia (Hastings) Arnold.[1] He moved with his family to Rhode Island when he was young and attended the common schools. After graduating from Dartmouth College in 1811, he studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1814. He began the practice of law in Providence, Rhode Island, and practiced law there for seven years before becoming involved in manufacturing.[2]


He began his political career as a member of the Rhode Island House of Representatives, serving in the State House from 1826-1831.[2] In 1831, he was elected Governor of the State of Rhode Island, and served as governor from 1831-1833.[3] Arnold also served as a member of the Rhode Island Executive Council during the Dorr Rebellion from 1842 to 1843.[4]

Following an unsuccessful attempt for a seat in the United States Senate in 1845, he was elected to the United States House of Representatives as a member of the Whig Party and served one term from 1845-1847.[5]

After leaving politics, he practiced law in South Kingstown, Rhode Island until his death on June 27, 1852.[6] He is interred in Swan Point Cemetery in Providence.[7]

Marriage and Family

Arnold married Sally Lyman, and they had nine children.[9]

  1. Richard Arnold (1828-1882) was a brigadier general in the Union Army during the Civil War.[5]
  2. Sally Lyman Arnold (1826-1899) was married to Union Brig. Gen. Isaac P. Rodman, who was mortally wounded at the Battle of Antietam.

After his wife Sally's death, Arnold married Catherine Shannard.

Arnold was the great-great-uncle of U.S. Senator Theodore F. Green.[8]


Offspring of Governor Lemuel H. Arnold and Sarah Lyman (1799-1837)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Louisa L Arnold (1820-1904)
Lemuel Hastings Arnold (1822-1894)
Daniel Lyman Arnold (1825-1861)
Sally Lyman Arnold (1826-1899)
Richard Arnold (1828-1882) 12 April 1828 Providence, Providence County, Rhode Island, United States 8 November 1882 Manhattan, New York County, New York, United States Abby Parker Coffin (1835-1904)
Mary Lyman Arnold (1829-1915)
Baby Daughter II Arnold (1834-1834)
Baby Daughter III Arnold (1835-1835)
Baby Daughter IV Arnold (1836-1836)
Baby Daughter V Arnold (1837-1837)
Cynthia Hastings Arnold (1837-1903)



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