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Robert B. Cranston

Born: Jan 14, 1791

Death: Jan 27, 1873

Birthplace: Newport

Nationality: United States

Robert B. Cranston

Date of Birth : Jan 14, 1791
Date of Death : Jan 27, 1873
Birth Place : Newport

Robert Bennie Cranston was a U.S. Representative from Rhode Island, brother of Henry Young Cranston. Born in Newport, Rhode Island, Cranston attended the public schools. He was employed in the collection of internal revenue 1812–1815. Sheriff of Newport County 1818–1827. Postmaster of Newport in 1827. Cranston was elected as a Whig to the Twenty-fifth, Twenty-sixth, and Twenty-seventh Congresses. He served as member of the State house of representatives 1843–1847, and served one year as speaker. He served in the State senate. Cranston was elected as a Whig to the Thirtieth Congress. He was elected the first mayor of Newport on June 9, 1853. He resigned the same day. He served as presidential elector on the Republican ticket in 1864. He died in Newport, Rhode Island, January 27, 1873. He was interred in the Island Cemetery in Newport.

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