Chief Justice Edmund W. Flynn

Inducted: 2014
Born: 1890
Died: 1957

Chief Justice Edmund W. Flynn, 1890-1957, Rhode Island’s longest-serving chief justice, graduate of Georgetown Law School, state representative from South Providence, legal scholar, architect of the “Bloodless Revolution,” and a draftsman of the two most recent digests of Rhode Island’s general laws (1938 and 1956).

After graduation from Holy Cross College and Georgetown Law School, he served five years as a Democratic state representative from South Providence. Flynn was elevated to the position of chief justice of the Rhode Island Supreme Court on January 1, 1935, as part of the “Bloodless Revolution.” Known as a legal craftsman, Flynn died in office April 28, 1957, the longest-tenured chief justice in Rhode Island history.

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