Lemuel Hastings Arnold
|12th Governor of Rhode Island|
May 4, 1831 – May 1, 1833
|Preceded by||James Fenner|
|Succeeded by||John Brown Francis|
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives|
from Rhode Island's 2nd district
March 4, 1845 – March 3, 1847
|Preceded by||Elisha R. Potter|
|Succeeded by||Benjamin Babock Thurston|
|Member of the Rhode Island House of Representatives|
|Born||January 29, 1792|
St. Johnsbury, Vermont
|Died||June 27, 1852 (aged 60)|
South Kingstown, Rhode Island
|Resting place||Swan Point Cemetery, Providence, Rhode Island|
|Spouse(s)||Sally Lyman Arnold|
Catherine Shannard Arnold
Theodore F. Green
Isaac P. Rodman
Sally Lyman Arnold
|Alma mater||Dartmouth College|
Lemuel Hastings Arnold (January 29, 1792 – June 27, 1852) was an American politician from the U.S. state of Rhode Island. A Whig, he served as the 12th Governor of the State of Rhode Island and a member of the U.S. House of Representatives.
Arnold was born in St. Johnsbury, Vermont, the son of Continental Congress delegate Jonathan Arnold and Cynthia (Hastings) Arnold. He moved with his family to Rhode Island when he was young and attended the common schools. After graduating from Dartmouth College in 1811, he studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1814. He began the practice of law in Providence, Rhode Island, and practiced law there for seven years before becoming involved in manufacturing.
He began his political career as a member of the Rhode Island House of Representatives, serving in the State House from 1826-1831. In 1831, he was elected Governor of the State of Rhode Island, and served as governor from 1831-1833. Arnold also served as a member of the Rhode Island Executive Council during the Dorr Rebellion from 1842 to 1843.
Following an unsuccessful attempt for a seat in the United States Senate in 1845, he was elected to the United States House of Representatives as a member of the Whig Party and served one term from 1845-1847.
After leaving politics, he practiced law in South Kingstown, Rhode Island, until his death on June 27, 1852. He is interred in Swan Point Cemetery in Providence.
Arnold was the great-great-uncle of U.S. Senator Theodore F. Green.
Arnold married Sally Lyman, and they had nine children. Their son, Richard Arnold, was a brigadier general in the Union Army during the Civil War. Their daughter, Sally Lyman Arnold, was married to Union Brig. Gen. Isaac P. Rodman, who was mortally wounded at the Battle of Antietam. After his wife Sally's death, Arnold married Catherine Shannard.