Famous Rhode Islanders
- George M. Cohan: Singer, dancer, producer, actor, playwright, and composer.
He was awarded a Congressional Gold Medal for his work.
- Nathanael Greene: Revolutionary War general, second-in-command to George Washington.
- Esek Hopkins: First Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Navy.
- Anne Hutchinson: The first woman to participate in the founding of a town in America - Portsmouth,
- Nap Lajoie: American League's first batting champion and inducted into the Baseball
Hall of Fame.
- Oliver Hazard Perry: Hero of the Battle of Lake Erie (1813).
- Samuel Slater: Father of the American Textile Industry.
- Gilbert Stuart: Foremost painter of portraits of George Washington, John Adams,Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and James Monroe.
- The State of Rhode Island
possesses two historic paintings of George Washington by Gilbert Stuart. An
earlier portrait by Stuart appears on the $1 dollar bill.
Quotes from Famous Rhode Islanders
- Elizabeth Buffum Chace, one of Rhode Island’s leading advocates for
child welfare and women’s voting rights: "Believing as I do that
God sends into this world no human soul which has not in it the possibilities
of a pure and virtuous character, it was natural that I should see that a grave
responsibility rested somewhere for the proper education of these children thus
thrown upon the guardianship of the State."
- Theodore F. Green, Rhode Island Governor and US Senator: "Most people
say that as you get old, you have to give up things. I think you get old because
you give up things."
- Gen. Nathanael Greene (1742-1786), second-in-command to Gen. George Washington,
in a letter to his wife, May 1777.: "I am sure America will be victorious
finally, but her sufferings for want of union and public spirit may be great
first. There is no people on earth that ever had so fair an opportunity to establish
their freedom at so easy a rate, if the opportunity had been properly approved.
God grant a happy issue to the war!"
- Lt. Oliver Hazard Perry's dispatch sent after his victory against the British
at the battle of Lake Erie, September 10, 1813: "We have met the enemy,
and they are ours." (War of 1812).
- Claudine Schneider, US Representative: “I have the philosophy that one
person can make a difference. Especially when one person is joined by another
- Eleanor Slater, State Representative, Senator on how she got elected: “Besides
having an excellent picture taken of myself, it was the pony cart and hat gimmick
that really did it.”
- Roger Williams, founder of Rhode Island (1603?-1683): "...that the Sovereign,
original, and foundation of civil power lies in the people...And if so, that
a People may erect and establish what form of Government seems to them most
meet for their civil condition." The Bloudy Tenent, July 15, 1644.