Famous People from Rhode Island
Biographies, Famous People from Rhode Island
Harry Anderson (1951 - ) Actor and
magician. He starred in the sit-com
Night Court; born in Newport.
Nicholas Brown (1729 - 1791) An
instrumental figure in convincing leaders to
ratify the U.S. Constitution; Rhode Island
College was renamed Brown University after him
- George Michael Cohan (1878 - 1942)
Composer and actor who is called the father of
U.S. musical comedy; born in Providence
Bobby (Robert Leo) Hackett (1915-1976)
Jazz trumpeter; born and raised in Providence.
Julia Ward Howe (1819 - 1910)
Reformer, writer, and poet that wrote the
words to “The Battle Hymn of the Republic”;
lived in Portsmouth and Newport.
Napoleon (Larry) Lajoie (1874 - 1959)
Baseball player elected to the Baseball Hall
of Fame in 1937; born in Woonsocket
H.P. (Howard Phillips) Lovecraft (1890
- 1937) Author. He wrote the book
Necronomicon and was interested in
science fiction and supernatural stories; born
Horace Mann (1796 - 1859) Known as the
father of American public education and served
as the first head of the Massachusetts state
board of education; graduated from
Samuel Slater (1768 - 1835) English
manufacturer who built the first water-powered
textile mill in 1791 in Pawtucket; migrated to
Rhode Island in 1780.
Gilbert Stuart (1755 - 1828) Artist
that painted the George Washington that
appears on the dollar bill; born in
Roger Williams (1604 - 1683) He was a
Puritan leader and the founder of Rhode
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