Melville Bull

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Melville Bull
Melville Bull (Rhode Island Congressman).jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Rhode Island's 1st congressional district
In office
March 4, 1895 – March 3, 1903
Preceded byOscar Lapham
Succeeded byDaniel L.D. Granger
Lieutenant Governor of Rhode Island
In office
GovernorD. Russell Brown
Preceded byHenry A. Stearns
Succeeded byEdwin Allen
Member of the Rhode Island House of Representatives
In office
Personal details
Born(1854-09-29)September 29, 1854
Newport, Rhode Island
DiedJuly 5, 1909(1909-07-05) (aged 54)
Middletown, Rhode Island
Political partyRepublican
Alma materHarvard University

Melville Bull (September 29, 1854 – July 5, 1909) was a U.S. Representative from Rhode Island.

Born in Newport, Rhode Island, Bull attended Phillips Exeter Academy, Exeter, New Hampshire, and graduated from Harvard University in 1877. He was then involved in farming in the vicinity of Newport.

He served as member of the State house of representatives from 1883 to 1885 and as a state senator from 1885 to 1892. He served as member of the Republican State central committee and served as delegate to the Republican National Convention in 1888. He also served as Lieutenant Governor of Rhode Island from 1892 to 1894 under Governor D. Russell Brown.

Bull was a charter member of the Rhode Island Society of Colonial Wars in 1897.

Bull was elected as a Republican to the Fifty-fourth and to the three succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1895 to March 3, 1903). He served as chairman of the Committee on Accounts (Fifty-sixth and Fifty-seventh Congresses).

He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1902 to the Fifty-eighth Congress.

He lived in Middletown, Rhode Island until his death on July 5, 1909 and was interred in Island Cemetery, Newport, Rhode Island.


  • United States Congress. "Melville Bull (id: B001048)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Henry A. Stearns
Lieutenant Governor of Rhode Island
Succeeded by
Edwin Allen
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Oscar Lapham
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Rhode Island's 1st congressional district

Succeeded by
Daniel L.D. Granger