Descendants of Captain Arthur Fenner

Governor James Fenner


Official portrait by James Sullivan Lincoln

[b 22 Jan. 1771 at Providence; d 17 Apr. 1846] James Fenner m Sarah Whipple Jenckes [b 12 June 1773 at Providence; d 24 May 1844], daughter of Freelove Whipple Fenner and Captain Sylvannus Jenckes, on 17 Nov. 1792. Sarah was a first cousin once removed of James. James graduated from Brown University at the top of his class in 1789. He served as a United States Senator from 1805 to 1807. He gave up his senatorship in 1807 to become governor two years after his father, Gov. Arthur Fenner, died in office. James served as governor of Rhode Island from 1807 to 1811, 1824 to 1831, and 1843 to 1845. Whereas his father was the first governor to serve under the U.S. Constitution, James was the first governor to serve under the Rhode Island state constitution. James died at his mansion “What Cheer” in 1846. 

1. Almira Theodosia [b 17 Jan. 1793; d 10 Oct. 1872]; m Samuel Dexter.
2. Sarah; m Edward J. Mallet.
3. Freelove [b ca. 1799; d 2 Aug. 1817 in her 19th yr.].
4. Arthur [b ca. 1810; d 8 Mar. 1832 age 22].

James: ArthurThomasArthur | Arthur | James
Sarah: Arthur | Thomas | Arthur | James | Freelove | Sarah

1. Martha Benns, Notes on the Fenner Family of R.I. (1941), pp. 24, 43.
2. Rick Buckingham, Genealogy, p. 5.
3. Eva Fenner, Notes, p. 25; letter to Eva Fenner, 17 Apr. 1956, Rhode Island Historical Society, Clarkson A. Collins III.