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Last modified: 6/18/07

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Rhode Island Vacation Fun Facts

Famous Rhode Islanders

These are just a few of the famous people who were either born in Rhode Island or spent some important time in Rhode Island.

George Berkeley, philosopher, educator, and Anglican bishop

Donald Carcieri, Rhode Island governor

Lincoln Chafee, U.S. senator

William Ellery Channing, Unitarian church leader

George M. Cohan, song writer, playwright, actor, singer, dancer, producer

Colonel S. P. Colt, founder of the U.S. Rubber Company and the Industrial Trust (forerunner of the Fleet Bank)

Nathanael Greene, Revolutionary War general

Esek Hopkins, first Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Navy

Stephen Hopkins, Rhode Island governor and signer of the Declaration of Independence

Julia Ward Howe, author of the Battle Hymn of the Republic

Anne Hutchinson, first woman to establish a town in America: Providence, Rhode Island

Patrick Kennedy, U.S. representative

Nap Lajoie, baseball player; first batting champion of the American League

James Langevin, U.S. representative

Henry Lippitt, Rhode Island governor

Oliver Hazard Perry, naval hero

John F. Reed, U.S. senator

Samuel Slater, father of the American textile industry and builder of a water-powered cotton mill in Pawtucket, Rhode Island

Gilbert Stuart, portrait painter

Charlene Touchette, artist and author

Cornelius Vanderbilt, railroad tycoon

Roger Williams, founder of Rhode Island

Rhode Island Heritage Hall of Fame: http://www.rilin.state.ri.us

Newport Notables: http://www.redwoodlibrary.org.

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