"The upper branch of the legislature in the colonies was called the council, and consisted usually of twelve members, called assistants or members of the governor's council. Except in Connecticut and Rhode Island, the members of the council were either appointed by the governor or by the lower house." A History of the United States. William Coligny Doub. Pages 225-226.
"The latter body (assistants), formerly called the council, was now with the two executive officers, termed the upper house, and afterwards received the name of Senate." History of the State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations Vol II. Samuel Green Arnold. Page 555.
"In 1798 the new state's first code of laws changed the nomenclature of Rhode Island government in several areas. From that point onward the upper house became known as the senate, and the lower chamber as the House of Representatives. The title of the deputy governor became lieutenant governor." The Rhode Island State Constitution: A Reference Guide. Patrick T. Conley, Robert G. Flanders. Page 212.
Please also see State Senate or Council of Assistants.
1787 - 1790: Rhode Island
Office Scope: State
Role Scope: State