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Henry Y. Cranston

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Subject: United States congressional delegations from Rhode Island, Artillery Company of Newport, Common Burying Ground and Island Cemetery, Rhode Island's 1st congressional district, Samuel I. Hopkins
Collection: 1789 Births, 1864 Deaths, 19Th-Century American Politicians, American Militia Officers, Burials in Rhode Island, Law and Order Party of Rhode Island Members of the United States House of Representatives, Law and Order Party of Rhode Island Politicians, Members of the United States House of Representatives from Rhode Island, People from Newport, Rhode Island, Rhode Island Whigs, Speakers of the Rhode Island House of Representatives, Whig Party Members of the United States House of Representatives
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Henry Y. Cranston

Henry Young Cranston (October 9, 1789 – February 12, 1864) was a U.S. Representative from Rhode Island, brother of Robert B. Cranston.

Born in Newport, Rhode Island, Cranston attended the public schools. He engaged in mercantile pursuits in New Bedford, Massachusetts. He moved to Newport, Rhode Island, in 1810, and engaged in the commission business until 1815. He studied law. He was admitted to the bar in 1819 and commenced practice in Newport. He served as clerk of the court of common pleas 1818–1833. He held the rank of colonel in the Rhode Island Militia and commanded the Artillery Company of Newport from 1825–1828. He served as member of the State house of representatives 1827–1843. He served as member and vice president of the convention that framed the State constitution in 1842.

Cranston was elected as a Law and Order candidate to the Twenty-eighth Congress. He was reelected as a Whig to the Twenty-ninth Congress (March 4, 1843 – March 4, 1847). He was again a member of the State house of representatives 1847–1854 and served three years as speaker. In the 1840s, he was a member of the short-lived Law and Order Party of Rhode Island. He died in Newport, Rhode Island, February 12, 1864. He was interred in the Island Cemetery in Newport.


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