Inductees from 1972

  1. Margaret F. Ackroyd

    Categories: Civil Rights / Abolitionists, Government & Politics, Women

    Margaret Ackroyd was a native Rhode Islander who served in the State Labor Department for thirty years before her retirement. She served as Chief in the Division of Women and Children and Commissioner of minimum wage.  She became known as the "architect of non-discriminatory employment standards for women".


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  2. Senator Nelson W. Aldrich

    Senator Nelson W. Aldrich (1841-1915)

    Categories: Government & Politics

    Senator Nelson W. Aldrich, 1841-1915, was a native of Foster who conceived and organized the present financial system of the United States. Mr. Aldrich, recognized as one of the greatest authorities on finance, served for thirty years in the U. Read more >

  3. Daniel O. Cargill

    Categories: Civil Engineer, Technology & Science

    Daniel Cargill was a native of Cumberland who served the state for forty-six years as a bridge engineer and Chief Engineer of the Division of Roads and Bridges. He played a major role in developing Rhode Island's interstate highway system and developed bridge preservation techniques that have been utilized in many states. Read more >

  4. Chon Day

    Categories: Artists & Painters, Literature / Writers / Newspapers

    Chauncey Addison Day, better known as Chon Day lived in Westerly and became a nationally known cartoonist who created Brother Sebastian. He was voted "Best Magazine Cartoonist of the Year" on three occasions by the National Cartoonist Society. Read more >

  5. Bobby Hackett

    Bobby Hackett (1915-1976)

    Categories: Music (Singers, Composers)

    Bobby Hackett, 1915-1976, was a cornet and trumpet soloist who became a Dixieland specialist, orchestra leader and recording artist. A Providence native, he played with many of the nation's top jazz bands. Read more >

  6. Charles Leo

    Charles Leo "Gabby" Harnett (1900-1972)

    Categories: Sports - Baseball

    "Gabby" Harnett, 1900-1972, was one of the first three Rhode Island-born men to be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. Mr. Harnett, born in Woonsocket, was the oldest of fourteen children. He grew up in the nearby small town of Millville, Massachusetts, where he played baseball in the Blackstone Valley League. Read more >

  7. Irving R. Levine (1922-2009)

    Categories: Literature / Writers / Newspapers, TV & Radio

    Irving Levine, 1922-2009, was a Pawtucket native who became one of the country's top newsmen in the radio and television fields. He gained fame as a reporter, photographer, and commentator while on overseas assignments. Read more >

  8. Senator John O. Pastore

    Senator John O. Pastore (1907-2000)

    Categories: Government & Politics

    John O. Pastore, 1907-2000, served in many posts before being elected to the U.S. Senate. Read more >

  9. Admiral William S. Sims

    Admiral William S. Sims (1858-1936)

    Categories: Education & Universities, Government & Politics, Military

    Admiral William Sowden Sims, 1858-1936, was two-time President of the U.S. Naval War College in Newport (1917, 1919-1922) who served as Commander-in-Chief of the U.S. Read more >



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