Image of the laying of the State House cornerstone, 1896.
There was a grand ceremony for the placing of the State House Cornerstone on October 15, 1896. In a lead box inside the cornerstone is the record that Grover Cleveland was President, Charles Warren was Lippitt was Governor and Edwin D. McGuiness was Mayor of Providence. Their names were recorded on a large silver plate. Also placed in the box were copies of the Providence Journal, Providence Telegram and Providence News, along with the state general laws, photos of state officials and Masonic documents. See also:
General Assembly Acts and Resolves C#210
Records Created by State House Commission (Rhode Island)
Related Publications: Legislative History and Souvenir Rhode Island 1899-1900 authorized by resolution of General Assembly, passed May 4, 1900. Prepared by William Harrison Taylor, Putnam Conn. (Providence: E.L. Freeman & Sons, State Printers 1900) - comprehensive history of Rhode Island legislation including photographs of elected officials and history of Rhode Island State Houses.