William Gregory Edit Profile
He attended high school in Westerly, Rhode Island, and became superintendent of a mill in Providence before he was 21.
He had a successful career as the owner of wool mills in Wickford. He later served as President and Director of Wickford National Bank, Director of two Providence banks, and Chairman of the Board of State Charities and Corrections. Gregory served as Lieutenant Governor for two terms (1898-1900), and then served as Governor for one full term, and had been re-elected for a second term at the time of his death, from May 29, 1900 to December 16, 1901.
During his administration, the state constitution was amended to move the capital from Newport to Providence. The new marble State House was opened in Providence, and Gregory became the first governor to occupy it.
Gregory was an active member of the Freemasons.