Inductees from 1973

  1. Zachariah Allen

    Zachariah Allen (1795-1882)

    Categories: Business / Entrepreneurs, Civic Leaders, Civil Rights / Abolitionists, Historians/Historical Accounts, Preservation, Industry - Textiles, Inventors & Inventions, Technology & Science

    Zacharian Allen, 1795-1882, was a lawyer, inventor, and civic leader of the nineteenth century. One of his most notable inventions was the home hot-air furnace. He also originated the Providence Water Works and is credited with introducing the first vehicles to the Providence Fire Company. Allen was also instrumental in setting up the mutal fire insurance system in early America . Read more >

  2. Joseph R. Brown

    Joseph R. Brown (1810-1876)

    Categories: Industry - General, Inventors & Inventions

    Joseph R. Brown, 1810-1876,  was a mechanical genius who co-founded Brown & Sharpe Mfg. Co. which became one of the leading manufacturers of machine tools. Read more >

  3. George H. Corliss

    George H. Corliss (1817-1888)

    Categories: Inventors & Inventions, Technology & Science

    George H. Corliss, 1817-1888,  was the developer of the steam engine. The famous gigantic engine built by Corliss won a first prize at the Paris Exposition of 1867 as well as many other awards. Read more >

  4. John P. Cronin

    Categories: Civic Leaders, Sports - Baseball, Sports - Football, Sports - Hockey

    John P. Cronin served as Director of Recreation for the City of Providence for many years. He also made major contributions to many other Rhode Island youth programs, serving as a baseball, football, and hockey coach at La Salle Academy for 45 years. Read more >

  5. George William Curtis

    George William Curtis (1824-1892)

    Categories: Civic Leaders, Government & Politics, Literature / Writers / Newspapers

    George W. Curtis, 1824-1892, was an essayist and lecturer who became editor of Harper's magazine. A co-founder of the Republican Party, he led the movement for civic service reform. Read more >

  6. Msgr. William M. Delaney, Jr. (1903-1993)

    Categories: Civic Leaders, Religion & Churches

    Rev. William M. Delaney was director of the Catholic Youth Organization for many years. He also served as chaplin of the Rhode Island Boy Scouts and the Rhode Island State Police. Read more >

  7. Thomas W. Dorr

    Thomas W. Dorr (1806-1854)

    Categories: Civic Leaders, Government & Politics

    Thomas Wilson Dorr, 1806-1854, was known as Rhode Island's greatest political and constitional reformer, and the principle draftsman of the People's Constitution in 1841. He became Governor of Rhode Island in 1842 on the People's Party ticket, and was the leader of the famous Dorr Rebellion. Read more >

  8. John Goddard (1724-1785)

    Categories: Craftsmen, Inventors & Inventions

    John Goddard, 1724-1785,  was an early Amercan cabinetmaker and the nation's first furniture craftsman. He was the originator of block front knee-hole desks and secratary's desks. Read more >

  9. Samuel Gorton

    Samuel Gorton (1592-1677)

    Categories: Founders of Rhode Island, Government & Politics, Religion & Churches

    Samuel Gorton, 1592-1677, was a colonial leader who was the first settler of Warwick, RI. He inspired the development of a religious sect called the Gortonists.

    Photograph of Samuel Gorton grave medallion, Gorton Cemetery, Warwick, Rhode Island. Sarnold17 Wikipedia. Read more >

  10. Stephen Hopkins

    Stephen Hopkins (1707-1785)

    Categories: Civic Leaders, Founders of Rhode Island, Government & Politics

    Stephen Hopkins, 1707-1785, was Governor of Rhode Island for ten years and a signer of the Declaration of Independence. Historians rate him as "one of the most illustrious citizens Rhode Island has ever produced.

    Stephen Hopkins.John Hagen, 1999, Brown University Portrait Collection. Read more >

  11. Dr. E. Gardner Jacobs

    Categories: Education & Universities

    Dr. E. Gardner Jacobs was chancellor and president emeritus of Bryant College. He played a major role in the rapid growth of that institution. Read more >

  12. Felix Mirando

    Categories: Civic Leaders, Industry - General, Philanthropists

    Felix Mirando is a Povidence business and civic leader who co-founded the Imperial Knife Co., one of the largest cutlery firms in the United States. He was many times for his work in civic, charitable and religious enterprises. Read more >

  13. C. Alexander Peloquin (1918-1997)

    Categories: Music (Singers, Composers), Religion & Churches

    Alexander Peloquin, 1918-1997, was a composer, choir director, concert organist and lituriologist. For 23 years, Peloquin served as the leader of the famed choral group which bears his name. He also served for many years as music director at the Cathedral of SS. Peter and Paul and choral conductor at Boston College. Read more >

  14. John R. Rathom

    John R. Rathom (1868-1923)

    Categories: Civic Leaders, Literature / Writers / Newspapers

    John R. Rathom, 1868-1923, was the energetic editor of the Providence Journal who served during World War I. He also served as Boy Scout Commissioner and was credited with giving scouting its' biggest boost during its' formative stages. Rathom Lodge at Yawgoog Scout Reservation was named for him in 1929. Read more >

  15. David W. Reeves

    David W. Reeves (1838-1900)

    Categories: Music (Singers, Composers)

    David W. Reeves,  1838-1900, was a noted musician who lead The American Band for thirty years. He developed the American march style, later made famous by the likes of John Philip Sousa. Among the most famous of his compositions was The Connecticut Second Regiment March. Read more >

  16. Lucian Sharpe

    Lucian Sharpe (1830-1899)

    Categories: Civic Leaders, Industry - General, Literature / Writers / Newspapers

    Lucien Sharpe, 1830-1899 was a business leader who was co-founder of Brown & Sharpe Mfg. Company. Cited for his efforts in seeking improved working conditions, he served as President of the Providence Journal Company for 13 years.

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  17. Dr. Firorindo A. Simeone (1908-1990)

    Categories: Education & Universities, Medicine & Health Care

    Dr. Fiorindo A. Simeone was Chief of Surgery at The Miriam Hospital and gained worldwide recognition for his work with artificial organs. He performed the first open-heart surgery in the Middle East. Read more >

  18. Benjamin F. Thurston (1829-1890)

    Categories: Government & Politics

    Benjamin F. Thurston, 1829-1890, was the leading U.S. Attorney of his day and the top authority on patent law. Read more >



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