Library of Congress
ARNOLD, Samuel Greene (1821-1880)

ARNOLD, SAMUEL GREENE, (granduncle of Theodore Francis Green), a Senator from Rhode Island; born in Providence, R.I., April 12, 1821; received his early education under private tutors; graduated from Brown University, Providence, R.I., in 1841 and from the law department of Harvard University in 1845; admitted to the bar in 1845; lawyer and historian; trustee of Brown University 1848-1880; elected lieutenant governor of Rhode Island in 1852 and served as Acting Governor; member of the peace commission held at Washington, D.C. in 1861 in an effort to devise means to prevent the impending war; again elected lieutenant governor in 1861 and 1862; during the Civil War organized a company of light artillery which went to Washington, D.C., and was mustered into the Union Army; elected as a Republican to the United States Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of James F. Simmons and served from December 1, 1862, to March 3, 1863; returned to historical research; president of the Rhode Island Historical Society 1868-1880; died in Providence, R.I., February 14, 1880; interment in Swan Point Cemetery.

Brown University
Providence, RI
Papers: 10 to 25 items in various collections. Political and personal correspondence. Also 1 letter (February 20, 1855) concerning James Sommarsall's poems; and a portrait. Finding aids.

Library of Congress
Manuscript Division
Washington, DC
Papers: Undated. Lecture and essay.

Rhode Island Historical Society
Providence, RI
Papers: 1833-1880. 20 items.

Syracuse University
George Arents Research Library
Syracuse, NY
Papers: Correspondence in the Benson John Lossing papers, 1843-1917.

  • Arnold, Samuel Greene. History of the State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations. 2 vols. New York: D. Appleton & Co., 1859-1860.
  • ___. The Life of Patrick Henry of Virginia. Auburn, NY: Miller, Orton & Mulligan, 1854.