John Anthony Notte Jr. was born in Providence, May 3, 1909, the 2nd child of John Anthony & Eva Theresa (Rondina). A graduate of Classical High School he received a B.A. from Providence College in 1931; attended Cornell University from 1931 to 1932 and received LL.B. degree from Boston University School of Law in 1935. In 1934, he married Marie J. Huerth and had two children, John A. III and a daughter Joyce. A resident of North Providence he served as town Solicitor from 1937 to 1942. During World War II he served with the US Navy where he attained the rank of Lieutenant. After the war he chosen Chairman of both the Veteran’s Bonus Board and the Advisory Council of the RI Veterans’ Home. Active in politics he was also Chairman of the North Providence Democratic Town Committee from 1948 to 1959 as well as President of the Young Democrats of Rhode Island. Seeking statewide office he was elected Secretary of State in 1956 and Lieutenant Governor in 1958. In 1960, he was elected Governor by beating republican Christopher DelSesto by a vote of 22,318 to 174,044. Seeking reelection in 1962 he was narrowly defeated by republican John H. Chaffee by only 398 votes. Governor Notte died in Providence March 7, 1983 and is buried in St. Francis Cemetery, Pawtucket.
Sources: Rhode Island Manual, 1961 - 1962 / 1983 - 1984; Election Certifications, State Board of Elections; State Vital Registrations