Biography of Alberic A. Archambault

A native of Canada, but a resident of Rhode Island since his early childhood, Mr. Archambault has been for more than twenty years one of the leading members of the Rhode Island bar and also one of the leading figures in Rhode Island politics. He has frequently been honored by election or appointment to important public offices, which he has invariably filled with great ability and conscientiousness. To a remarkable degree he enjoys the liking, respect and confidence of his fellow-citizens, and there are few men, indeed, in Kent County, who are more popular.

Alberic A. Archambault was born at St. Cesaire, Province of Quebec, Canada, February 9, 1887, a son of Lucien and Anna (Gareau) Archambault. Both his parents were born at St. Cesaire, but have spent the greater part of their lives in Rhode Island, where his father was successfully engaged in the mercantile business until his death. Mr. Archambault received his education in the public and parochial schools of West Warwick, Kent County, attended then the La Salle Academy, and afterwards took up the study of law at Boston University, Boston, Massachusetts, from which he was graduated with the degree of Bachelor of Laws in 1908. Admitted to the Rhode Island bar in the same year, he established himself in the practice of law in Providence and also opened an office in West Warwick. In 1912 the law firm of Archambault & Archambault was formed, and ever since then Mr. Archambault has been senior partner of this firm. He is a member of the Rhode Island Bar Association and enjoys a large and important practice. He is also treasurer and a director of the Rosella Mills Company of West Warwick and a director of the Claremont Mills of West Warwick. Next to his professional work politics, perhaps, has received a greater share of Mr. Archambault’s time and attention than any other activity. In 1913 he served as town solicitor of Warwick and during 1921-22 he held the same office for the town of West Warwick. For six terms he represented West Warwick in the Rhode Island Senate, having the distinction of being the first Senator from this town, in 1914. He also served in that capacity in 1915, 1917, 1918, 1924, 1925 and 1926. After the prohibition law went into effect, Mr. Archambault was appointed as the first prohibition director for the State of Rhode Island, serving in that capacity during 1919-20. In politics he is a staunch supporter of the Democratic party and ever since 1908 he has been one of the most active and prominent members of the Democratic State Central Committee, of which he served as chairman during 1920-21. Twice, in 1918 and again in 1928, he was the banner bearer of his party in Rhode Island, being honored in these two years by nomination to the office of Governor. In 1924 and again in 1928 he was also elected a delegate to the National Democratic Convention of these two years. A graduate of the first Plattsburg Training Camp, in 1916, he rendered important services during the World War, serving as chairman of the American Red Cross Chapter of West Warwick, as chairman of the Legal Advisory Board of Kent County under the Selective Service Act, as chairman of the Four-Minute Speakers for Kent County, and as Fuel Administrator for Kent County. His religious affiliation is with the Roman Catholic Church of St. Jean Baptist of West Warwick.

Mr. Archambault married, in 1910, Louise A. Dion, a native of Norwich, Connecticut. Mr. and Mrs. Archambault are the parents of seven children: Justa Y., Cecile, Frances, Dion, Raymond, Gerald, and Aline.

Source: Carroll, Charles. Rhode Island: Three Centuries of Democracy, vol 3 of 4. New York: Lewis historical Pub. Co., 1932.

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