John Brown Francis (1791-1864)

Senator John Brown Francis, 13th Governor of Rhode Island

Associated Houses

Spring Green Farm


He was born in Philadelphia and educated in Providence, Rhode Island. He graduated from Brown University, co-founded by his grandfather, John Brown. He was a member of the Rhode Island House of Representatives (1821-1829); a member of the Board of Trustees of Brown University (1828-1857); Chancellor of Brown University (1841-1854); a member of the Rhode Island Senate; the 13th Governor of Rhode Island (1833-1838); and, U.S. Senator from Rhode Island (1844-1845). He retired from public life in 1856 and engaged in agricultural pursuits until his death at Spring Green Farm in Warwick, Rhode Island. He was married twice and had seven children.


Contributed by Mark Meredith on 03/11/2018 and last updated on 14/12/2019.