Aldrich, Nelson Wilmarth. United States senator from Rhode Island from 1881 to 1911, born in Foster, RI, 1841. Academic education. Engaged in mercantile pursuits. President of Providence common council, 1872-73. Member Rhode Island legislature, 1875-77, and its speaker 1876-77. Member of Congress, elected for terms 1879-83, but resigned to take seat in senate. He was chairman of committee on finance, and Republican leader in senate. Died, 1915.