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J. Joseph Garrahy
Rhode Island

Gov. J. Joseph Garrahy

  • January 4, 1977 - January 1, 1985
  • Democratic
  • November 26, 1930
  • January 24, 2012
  • Rhode Island
  • University of Rhode Island, University of Buffalo
  • Married Margherite DePietro; five children
  • Air Force


Born in Providence, Rhode Island, J. JOSEPH GARRAHY attended the University of Buffalo and the University of Rhode Island. He served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War. He was a Rhode Island state Senator from 1963 to 1969, and in 1967 and 1968 served as Deputy Majority Leader of the Senate as well as Democratic State Chairman. He was elected Lieutenant Governor in 1968 and reelected in 1970, 1972, and 1974. While governor, Garrahy chaired the England Regional Commission and the Coalition of Northeastern Governors. After leaving office, he became an independent business consultant. He was a director of both the Southeastern New England Shipbuilding Corporation (SENESCO) and the Providence and Worcester Railroad Company. And he served on the Rhode Island Cancer Council and the Rhode Island Bays, Rivers, and Watersheds Coordination Team at the University of Rhode Island.


Farmer, Susan L. The State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations 1983-1984 Manual.

Forbes Webpage on Gov. Garrahy

Governors of the American States, Commonwealths, and Territories, National Governors’ Association, 1984.

Rhode Island State Archives

Sobel, Robert, and John Raimo, eds. Biographical Directory of the Governors of the United States, 1789-1978, Vol. 4. Westport, CT: Meckler Books, 1978. 4 vols.

University of Rhode Island, Special Collections

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