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Encyclopedia > Nehemiah R. Knight

Nehemiah Rice Knight (December 31, 1780 - April 18, 1854) was a United States Senator from Rhode Island. Born in Cranston, he attended the common schools. In 1802 he was a member of the Rhode Island House of Representatives; he moved to Providence and was clerk of the court of common pleas from 1805 to 1811 and clerk of the circuit court from 1812 to 1817. He was also collector of customs for the same period. He was Governor of Rhode Island from 1817 to 1821 and president of the Roger Williams Bank from 1817 to 1854. December 31 is the 365th day of the year (366th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 1780 was a leap year starting on Saturday (see link for calendar). ... April 18 is the 108th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (109th in leap years). ... 1854 (MDCCCLIV) was a common year starting on Sunday (see link for calendar). ... The United States Senate is the upper house of the U.S. Congress, smaller than the United States House of Representatives. ... Official language(s) None Capital Providence Largest city Providence Area  Ranked 50th  - Total 1,214* sq mi (3,144* km²)  - Width 37 miles (60 km)  - Length 48 miles (77 km)  - % water 32. ... Location of Cranston, Rhode Island. ... The Rhode Island House of Representatives is the lower body of the Rhode Island General Assembly, and consists of 75 members. ... Nickname: Beehive of Industry, The Renaissance City Location in Rhode Island Coordinates: Country United States State Rhode Island County Providence Mayor David N. Cicilline (D) Area    - City 20. ... In United States jurisprudence, Court of Common Pleas is a term referring to a court of certain jurisdiction. ... Circuit courts previously were United States federal courts established in each federal judicial district. ... Customs duty is a tariff or tax on the import or export of goods. ... List of Rhode Island Governors Nicholas Cooke None 1775-1778 William Greene None 1778-1786 John Collins None 1786-1790 Arthur Fenner Anti-Federalist 1790-1805 Henry Smith Unknown 1805-1806 Isaac Wilbur Unknown 1806-1807 James Fenner Dem. ...


Knight was elected in 1821 as a Democratic Republican to the U.S. Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the death of James Burrill, Jr.; he was reelected in 1823 as a Crawford Republican, in 1829 as an Anti-Jacksonian, and again in 1835 as a Whig, and served from January 9, 1821, to March 3, 1841. While in the Senate he was chairman of the Committee to Audit and Control the Contingent Expenses (Twenty-second, Twenty-third and Twenty-sixth Congresses) and a member of the Committee on Manufactures (Twenty-fourth Congress). Knight retired from public life and was a delegate to the State constitutional convention in 1843. He died in Providence in 1854; interment was in Grace Church Cemetery. The Democratic-Republican party was a United States political party, which evolved early in the history of the United States. ... James Burrill, Jr. ... The National Republican Party was a United States political party that existed in the first half of the 19th century. ... The Whig Party was a political party of the United States during the era of Jacksonian democracy. ... January 9 is the 9th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... The coronation banquet for George IV 1821 was a common year starting on Monday (see link for calendar). ... March 3 is the 62nd day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (63rd in leap years). ... 1841 is a common year starting on Friday (link will take you to calendar). ...


Nehemiah Rice Knight's father, Nehemiah Knight, had been a U.S. Representative from Rhode Island. The House of Representatives is the larger of two houses that make up the U.S. Congress, the other being the United States Senate. ...


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Preceded by:
James Burrill, Jr.
U.S. Senator (Class 2) from Rhode Island
1821–1841
Succeeded by:
James F. Simmons

 
 

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