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Henry Marchant

Henry Marchant
38th Attorney General of Rhode Island
In office
Governor Joseph Wanton
Nicholas Cooke
Preceded by Oliver Arnold
Succeeded by William Channing
Personal details
Born April 9, 1741
Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts
Died August 30, 1796
Newport, Rhode Island
Education considerable, based on his committee positions and selection as Attorney General
Occupation Deputy, Assistant, Attorney General

Henry Marchant (April 9, 1741 – August 30, 1796) was American lawyer from Newport, Rhode Island and United States federal judge. He was a delegate to the Continental Congress from 1777 to 1779, and was a signer of the Articles of Confederation for Rhode Island.


  • Life of service 1
  • Federal service 2
  • Later life 3
  • Notable case decisions 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6

Life of service

Born in Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts, Marchant received an A.M. from the College of Philadelphia in 1762. He read law to enter the bar in 1767, and was in private practice in Newport, Rhode Island from 1767 to 1777. Marchant was the state attorney general of Rhode Island from 1771 to 1777. He returned to private practice while also farming, in South Kingstown, Rhode Island, from 1780 to 1784. Marchant was a Delegate to the Rhode Island General Assembly from 1784 to 1790.

Federal service

On July 2, 1790, Marchant was nominated by President judge of the newly created United States District Court for the District of Rhode Island.[1] Marchant was confirmed by the United States Senate on July 3, 1790, and received his commission the same day, serving until his death in 1796.

Later life

He was a member of Second Congregational Church of Newport.[2] His farm, the Henry Marchant Farm, is located in South Kingstown, Rhode Island.

Marchant died in Newport, Rhode Island and is buried in the Common Burial Ground.

Notable case decisions


  1. ^ Created by 1 Stat. 128
  2. ^ Charles Francis Adams: The works of John Adams; Volume 8; Little-Brown; 1853; pg. 61. Quoting "William Ellery and others to John Adams," Newport, RI, May 26, 1783

External links

Legal offices
Preceded by
(new seat)
Judge of the U.S. District Court for the District of Rhode Island
Succeeded by
Benjamin Bourne

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