STORM CLOSURE : Due to Severe Weather Conditions, The Office of the Secretary of State, will be closed on Wednesday, March 21, 2018. Unless otherwise announced, our offices will be OPEN on Thursday, March 22, 2018 at 8:30am EDT.
Rhode Island Department of State
Nellie M. Gorbea
Secretary of State
The motion picture machine (a machine showing animated pictures) was patented in Providence
Newport resident Ann Smith Franklin, Benjamin Franklin’s sister-in-law, became the country’s first female newspaper editor.