Francis Moore Dimond
Official portrait in the RI State House
23rd Governor of Rhode Island
In office
July 20, 1853 – May 2, 1854
Preceded byPhilip Allen
Succeeded byWilliam W. Hoppin
Personal details
Born(1796-06-06)June 6, 1796
Bristol, Rhode Island
DiedApril 12, 1859(1859-04-12) (aged 62)
Resting placeJuniper Hill Cemetery
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Martha Stanton Gould
ResidenceBristol, Rhode Island
ProfessionPolitician, Railroad man
Francis M. Dimond House
Francis M. Dimond House

Francis Moore Dimond (June 6, 1796 – April 12, 1859) was an American politician and the 23rd Governor of Rhode Island.


Dimond was born in Bristol, Rhode Island on June 6, 1796. During his youth, he traveled to the Caribbean and served for several years (1832-1835) as the United States consul at Port-au-Prince.

From 1842 to 1849, Dimond was United States Consul to the Mexican port city of Veracruz.[1] The knowledge he acquired there proved invaluable during the war with Mexico. During the war with Mexico, he was called to Washington to provide information that would help in the attack on Veracruz. After the battle, the United States Army occupied the area. At the time, Dimond served as an official interpreter for General Winfield Scott. He also became a collector of the Port of Veracruz.

When he returned to Rhode Island, he promoted the Southern Pacific Railway and presided over its construction. He was elected lieutenant governor of Rhode Island in 1853. He became the governor of Rhode Island when Philip Allen resigned to become a Senator. He held the governor's office from July 20, 1853 to May 2, 1854. He was unsuccessful in his re-election bid. He died on April 12, 1859. Dimond was buried in the Juniper Hill Cemetery.

Francis M. Dimond House

In 1838, pre-eminent architect Russell Warren designed a home for Dimond on Hope Street in Bristol.[2] It was one of a set of three Greek Revival houses designed by Warren within 50 feet of each other.[2] Dimond's house was the most expensive of the three, and Dimond went bankrupt and sold it the year it was finished.[2] The home still stands in Bristol.


  1. ^ "The Political Graveyard".
  2. ^ a b c Zipf, Catherine (25 May 2016). "Bristol's Greek Revival houses". The Providence Journal. Retrieved 26 May 2016.


Party political offices Preceded byPhilip Allen Democratic nominee for Governor of Rhode Island1854 Succeeded byAmericus V. Potter Political offices Preceded bySamuel G. Arnold Lieutenant Governor of Rhode Island1853 Succeeded byJohn J. Reynolds Preceded byPhilip Allen Governor of Rhode Island1853–1854 Succeeded byWilliam W. Hoppin