Lieutenant-Governor of the State of Rhode Island and an important figure in its life for a number of years, James Greenan Connolly was born on March 28, 1886, at Riverpoint, Warwick. He attended the public schools of Pawtucket, was graduated from the high school there in 1905, and later entered Brown University, where he took the Bachelor of Arts degree in 1909. Thereafter he attended the Law School of Harvard University, from which he was graduated with the Bachelor of Laws degree in 1912.
Mr. Connolly’s career of public service began very early in his active life. As the Republican nominee, he was elected city solicitor of Pawtucket, Rhode Island, some years ago, and as he rose to increasing prominence in his profession, was appointed a member of the Criminal Laws Advisory Commission. He also served as a member of the Domestic Relations Commission of Rhode Island, and subsequently on the Republican ticket was elected Lieutenant-Governor of the State. This office he now holds, discharging its duties with complete efficiency and success.
During the period of the World War, Mr. Connolly served with the Military Intelligence Division of the Plant Protection Section, United States Army, remaining in service until after the close of the war. He is affiliated fraternally with Pawtucket Lodge, No. 920, Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, of which he is Past Exalted Ruler and is Past District Deputy Grand Exalted Ruler. He is a member of the Knights of Columbus, the Loyal Order of Moose, and the Royal Arcanum.
On November 24, 1919, at Providence, Rhode Island, James Greenan Connolly married Rose M. McCardell. They are the parents of two children: Rosemary and Roberta C.