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United States District Court for the District of Rhode Island

District Court Judges Biographies

  • Marchant, Henry - (1790-1796)
  • Bourne, Benjamin - (1796-1801)
  • Barnes, David Leonard - (1802-1812)
  • Howell, David - (1812-1824)
  • Pitman, John - (1825-1864)
  • Bullock, Jonathan Russell - (1865-1869)
  • Knowles, John Power - (1870-1881)
  • Colt, LeBaron Bradford - (1881-1884)
  • Carpenter, George Moulton - (1884-1896)
  • Brown, Arthur Lewis - (1896-1927)
  • Letts, Ira Lloyd - (1928-1935)
  • Mahoney, John Christopher - (1935-1940)
  • Hartigan, John Patrick - (1940-1951)
  • Leahy, Edward Lawrence - (1951-1953)
  • Day, Edward William - (1953-1976); Senior Status - (1976-1985)
  • Pettine, Raymond James - (1966-1982); Senior Status - (1982-2003)
  • Boyle, Francis Joseph - (1977-1992); Senior Status - (1992-2006)
  • Selya, Bruce Marshall - (1982-1986)
  • Lagueux, Ronald Rene - (1986-2001); Senior Status - (2001-2016)
  • Torres, Ernest C. - (1987-2006); Senior Status - (2006-2011)
  • Lisi, Mary M. - (1994-2015); Senior Status - (2015-2017)
  • Smith, William E. - (2002-present)
  • McConnell, John James Jr. - (2011-present)
  • *All judges’ biographical information can be found at History of the Federal Judiciary on the Federal Judicial Center website.