Inductees from 1976

  1. Edward Mitchell Bannister

    Edward Mitchell Bannister (1828-1901)

    Categories: African Americans, Artists & Painters

    Edward M. Bannister was a nationally famous painter during the 19th century. He was a self-taught pioneer among African-American artists, and won a national award during the U.S. Read more >

  2. Sevellon Brown (1913-1983)

    Categories: Literature / Writers / Newspapers

    Sevellon Brown, 1913-1983, was editor of the national magazinePathfinder, and of the Providence Journal-Bulletin. He was also the originator and founder of the American Press Institute. Read more >

  3. James E., John, James J. and Frank Cooney

    James E., John, James J. and Frank Cooney

    Categories: Sports - Baseball

    James Joseph Cooney (Jimmy),July 9, 1865 – July 1, 1903 and his four sons: Harry, b. 1892; James E. (Jimmy, Jr.) , 1894 – August 7, 1991; Frank, b. Read more >

  4. Dr. Anthony Corvese (1899-)

    Categories: Civic Leaders, Medicine & Health Care

    Dr. Anthony Corvese, a veteran physician, was the first Italian-American to intern at Rhode Island Hospital. He was instrumental in organizing the first free children's dental clinic in the state, he also established a gynecological and surgical clinic at The House of the Good Shepherd. He was also a medical pioneer in the use of spinal anesthesia. Read more >

  5. Frank Frisch

    Frank Frisch (1898-1973)

    Categories: Sports - Baseball

    Frank Frisch was a great second baseman and member of the famous Cardinal "Gashouse Gang." He has been inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame, and resided in Rhode Island for the last seventeen years of his life. Read more >

  6. David Hartman

    Categories: TV & Radio

    David Hartman, from Pawtucket, starred in The Bold Ones, and Lucas Tanner, establishing him as a top ranked television star. As anchorman on NBC's Good Morning America from 1975-1987, he also did yeoman's work behind the scenes for Jerry Lewis's telethon for Muscular Dystrophy. Read more >

  7. Rocky Marciano (1923-1969)

    Categories: Sports - Other

    Rocky Marciano, 1923-1969, was the world's undefeated heavy-weight boxing champion. He fought the majority of his contests in Providence, Rhode Island. Read more >

  8. J. Howard McGrath

    J. Howard McGrath (1903-1966)

    Categories: Government & Politics

    J. Howard McGrath, 1903-1966, served as Rhode Island's Governor before becoming a U.S. Senator, than Attorney General of the United States under President Truman. Read more >

  9. S. J. Perelman (1904-1979)

    Categories: Literature / Writers / Newspapers, Theater

    S. J. Perelman, 1904-1979, was born in Brooklyn, NY, but moved to Smith Hill in Providence at an early age. Perelman attended Classical High School and matriculated at Brown University, but did not graduate. Read more >

  10. Oliver G. Pratt (1896-)

    Categories: Medicine & Health Care

    Oliver G. Pratt was Superintendent of Rhode Island Hospital for many years. He received citations from many national health organizations and was considered one of the foremost administrators of hospitals in the nation. Read more >

  11. George R. Ramsbottom (1888-1979)

    Categories: Government & Politics, Industry - Textiles, Philanthropists

    George Ramsbottom, 1888-1979, was a Pawtucket industrialist who was President-Treasurer of the Seekonk Lace Company. An angel to the Pawtucket Boys Club, he gave them Camp Ramsbottom for summer recreation. He was also active in Red Cross and Community Chest drives. Ramsbottom is also credited with helping to write the Pawtucket City Charter. Read more >

  12. Daniel P. Reilly (1907-1962)

    Categories: Education & Universities, Military, Religion & Churches

    Father Daniel P. Reilly, 1907-1962, a native of South Providence, was ordained as a Catholic Priest in 1953. He then went on to become personal secretary to Bishop McVinney, and rose to Chancellor and then Vicar General of the Providence Diocese. On August 6, 1975, he was installed as Bishop of Norwich. Read more >

  13. Henry M. Wriston (1899-1978)

    Categories: Education & Universities

    Henry M. Wriston, 1899-1978, was President Emeritus of Brown University, where he served as President for eighteen years.H e was the first President of the American Association of Universities, and held honorary degrees from eighteen universities. Read more >



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