WILBOUR, Isaac (1763-1837)

WILBOUR, ISAAC, a Representative from Rhode Island; born in Little Compton, R.I., April 25, 1763; completed preparatory studies; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1793 and practiced; also engaged in agricultural pursuits; held various local offices from 1793 to 1800; member of the State house of representatives in 1805 and 1806 and served as speaker the last year; Lieutenant Governor in 1806 and 1807 and Acting Governor in 1806; elected as a Republican to the Tenth Congress (March 4, 1807-March 3, 1809); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1808 to the Eleventh Congress and for election in 1812 to the Thirteenth Congress; in 1807 received a commission from Governor Fenner, appointing him as his successor to the United States Senate for the remainder of the term ending March 3, 1811, which he declined; again Lieutenant Governor in 1810 and 1811; associate justice of the supreme court of Rhode Island in 1818 and chief justice from 1819 to 1827, when he resigned; died in Little Compton, R.I., on October 4, 1837; interment in the Seaconnet Cemetery.

Brown University
John Hay Library
Providence, RI
Papers: In the Jonathan Russell Papers, 1795-1832, approximately 7,000 items.
Correspondenta include Isaac Wilbour.


Rhode Island Historical Society
Providence, RI
Papers: ca. 1770-1830, 0.25 foot.
Letters of Isaac Wilbour.