CRANSTON, Robert Bennie (1791-1873)

CRANSTON, ROBERT BENNIE, (brother of Henry Young Cranston), a Representative from Rhode Island; born in Newport, R.I., January 14, 1791; attended the public schools; employed in the collection of internal revenue 1812-1815; sheriff of Newport County 1818-1827; postmaster of Newport in 1827; elected as a Whig to the Twenty-fifth, Twenty-sixth, and Twenty-seventh Congresses (March 4, 1837-March 3, 1843); member of the State house of representatives 1843-1847, and served one year as speaker; served in the State senate; elected as a Whig to the Thirtieth Congress (March 4, 1847-March 3, 1849); was elected the first mayor of Newport on June 9, 1853; resigned the same day; presidential elector on the Republican ticket in 1864; died in Newport, R.I., January 27, 1873; interment in Common Burial Ground.

Brown University
John Hay Library
Providence, RI
Papers: 1846, 1 item.
A letter from Robert Bennie Cranston to to Governor Byron Diman written on May 14, 1846. In the letter, Robert Cranston asks Governor Diman to give Robert B. Lawton, who wishes to join Gen. Taylor's army, a letter recommending him to the President.

Papers: 1852, 1 item.
A letter from Millard Fillmore to Thomas P. Ives written on June 25, 1852. In the letter, Millard Fillmore asks character evaluation of The Hon. Robert Cranston of Newport, who is being considered for appointment as U.S. Commissioner in China.

Rhode Island Historical Society
Providence, RI
Papers: 1 item.

University of Rhode Island
Special Collections
Kingston, RI
Papers: In the Charles Lanman Collection, 1841-1866, 0.25 linear foot.
Correspondents include Robert Cranston. A finding aid is available in the repository and online.