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James Fowler Simmons, Senator

James Fowler Simmons, Senator

Male 1795 - 1864  (68 years)

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  • Name James Fowler Simmons 
    Suffix Senator 
    Born 10 Sep 1795  Little Compton, Newport, Rhode Island Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 4 Jul 1864  Johnston, Providence, Rhode Island Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried North Burial Ground, North Main Street, Providence, Providence, Rhode Island Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I78789  Whipple Descendants
    Last Modified 27 Apr 2014 

    Father Davis Simmons,   b. 20 Oct 1769, Little Compton, Newport, Rhode Island Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother Elizabeth Cook,   b. 15 Mar 1760, Tiverton, Newport, Rhode Island Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married 28 Nov 1792  Tiverton, Newport, Rhode Island Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F33067  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Eliza Randall,   b. Abt 1800, Johnston, Providence, Rhode Island Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Apr 1832, , , Rhode Island Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 32 years) 
    Married 26 Oct 1820 or 21 Oct 1820  Johnston, Providence, Rhode Island Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
    +1. Walter Cook Simmons,   b. 1821, , , Rhode Island Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Apr 1887, , , Rhode Island Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 66 years)
    +2. Samuel R. Simmons,   b. Abt 1829, , , Rhode Island Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Jan 1914, , , Rhode Island Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 85 years)
    Last Modified 21 Apr 2019 
    Family ID F33065  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Sarah Scott Whipple,   b. 13 Jan 1806, , , Rhode Island Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 May 1872, Johnston, Providence, Rhode Island Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 66 years) 
    Married 1835  , , Rhode Island Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
    +1. Frederick Fowler Simmons,   b. Abt 1837, prob, Johnston, Providence, Rhode Island Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Oct 1878, , , Rhode Island Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 41 years)
    +2. Simon Whipple Simmons,   b. 5 Jun 1839, prob, Johnston, Providence, Rhode Island Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Apr 1914, Providence, Providence, Rhode Island Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 74 years)
     3. Charles Winfield Simmons,   b. Jun 1844, prob, Johnston, Providence, Rhode Island Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Mar 1920, , , Rhode Island Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 75 years)
     4. William Woodridge Simmons,   b. May 1846, prob, Johnston, Providence, Rhode Island Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Oct 1909, Providence, Providence, Rhode Island Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 63 years)
    Last Modified 21 Apr 2019 
    Family ID F33066  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 10 Sep 1795 - Little Compton, Newport, Rhode Island Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 26 Oct 1820 or 21 Oct 1820 - Johnston, Providence, Rhode Island Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 1835 - , , Rhode Island Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 4 Jul 1864 - Johnston, Providence, Rhode Island Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - North Burial Ground, North Main Street, Providence, Providence, Rhode Island Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes 
    • !SOURCE: "Descendants of Mary Whipple," email from N. Combs to the Whipple Website, 13 May 2003. Cites Rhode Island Cemeteries Database Index (birth, death [4 Jul 1864], burial); Vital Record of Rhode Island, 1636-1850 (marriage).

      !SOURCE: Email from N. Combs to Weldon Whipple, 28 Jul 2004. Cites The Twentieth Century Biographical Dictionary of Notable Americans: Volume IX
      SIMMONS, James Fowler {78789}, senator, was born in Little Compton, R.I., Sept. 10, 1795; son of Davis Simmons. He spent his childhood on his father's farm, and attended Mr. Fowler's private school in Newport, removing in 1812 to Providence. He was subsequently employed in various manufacturing concerns in Massachusetts and Rhode Island and in 1822 built a mill and began manufacturing in Simmonsville. He was a representative of the town of Johnston in the general assembly, 1827–40, excepting the years 1830 and 1834, serving on a committee sent to Washington in the interests of manufacturing corporations, and also as chairman of a committee sent from Providence in the great financial crisis of 1837. He was U.S. senator from Rhode Island, 1841–47, and lost the next two elections through favoring the liberation of Thomas W. Dorr (q.v), but won the election, 1857, resigning his seat in August, 1862, and his term was completed by Samuel G. Arnold of Middletown. He was married, first, Oct. 21, 1820, to Eliza, daughter of Judge Samuel Randall {78788}, of Johnston; and secondly, in 1835, to Sarah Scott, daughter of Simon Whipple. He died at Johnston, R.I., July 19, 1864.


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