The Makers of Modern Rhode Island

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Picking up where Rhode Island?s Founders left off Dr. Patrick T. Conley, Rhode Island?s preeminent historian and president of the Rhode Island Heritage Hall of Fame, takes us through the Ocean State?s history from 1790 to 1860. Learn how Samuel Slater, the so-called Father of the Factor System, pioneered the making of modern Rhode Island, how Elizabeth Buffum Chace founded the Rhode Island Women?s Suffrage Association and what political circumstances led Governor Thomas Wilson Dorr to the Dorr War in 1842. This ...
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Picking up where Rhode Island’s Founders left off Dr. Patrick T. Conley, Rhode Island’s preeminent historian and president of the Rhode Island Heritage Hall of Fame, takes us through the Ocean State’s history from 1790 to 1860. Learn how Samuel Slater, the so-called Father of the Factor System, pioneered the making of modern Rhode Island, how Elizabeth Buffum Chace founded the Rhode Island Women’s Suffrage Association and what political circumstances led Governor Thomas Wilson Dorr to the Dorr War in 1842. This volume includes colorful biographical sketches of fifty-six influential Rhode Islanders who helped shape the state’s urban and industrial development into the modern Rhode Island of today.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781609491642
  • Publisher: History Press, The
  • Publication date: 7/24/2012
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 525,975
  • Product dimensions: 6.15 (w) x 9.01 (h) x 0.58 (d)

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Dr. Patrick T. Conley is president of both the Rhode Island Heritage Hall of Fame and the Heritage Harbor Museum of Rhode Island History (Rhode Island's first state history museum). Dr. Conley holds an AB from Providence College, an MA and PhD from the University of Notre Dame and a JD from Suffolk University Law School. He is the author of numerous books, most of which focus directly on Rhode Island's history, as well as dozens of similarly themed scholarly articles. He has served as chairman of the Rhode Island Bicentennial Commission, chairman and founder of the Providence Heritage Commission, chairman and founder of the Rhode Island Publications Society and general editor of the Rhode Island Ethnic Heritage Pamphlet Series. In 1977, he founded the Rhode Island Heritage Commission. He was also chairman of the Rhode Island Bicentennial [of the Constitution] Foundation, chairman of the U.S. Constitution Council and founding president of the Bristol Statehouse Foundation. He is a college professor in the subjects of history and law (Providence College, Salve Regina College, Roger Williams University School of Law), frequently gives lectures, writes an editorial column for the Providence Journal and publishes book reviews for the New England Quarterly. In May 1995, Dr. Conley became one of a handful of living Rhode Islanders to be inducted into the Rhode Island Heritage Hall of Fame.
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Table of Contents

Preface 11

Acknowledgements 15

I The Entrepreneurs

Samuel Slater 17

David Wilkinson 21

Edward Carrington 25

Nehemiah Dodge 28

Jabez and John Gorham 30

Joseph R. Brown and Lucien Sharpe 33

William Gorham Angell 37

George H. Corliss 38

Zachariah Allen 42

Rowland Gibson Hazard 45

II The Philanthropists

Nicholas Brown II 48

Ebenezer Knight Dexter 51

Edward Harris 54

John Carter Brown 57

III The Multifaceted Politicians

U.S. Senator, Chief Justice and Speaker James Burrill Jr. 60

U.S. Congressman and Chief Justice Tristam Burges 62

U.S. Senator, Governor and Speaker William Sprague III 64

U.S. Senator and Governor Philip Allen 67

U.S. Congressman and Justice Elisha Reynolds Potter Jr. 70

Governor Elisha Dyer II 74

IV The Legalists

Judge David Howell 77

John Whipple 81

Joseph K. Angell 84

Chief Justice William Read Staples 86

Chief Justice and Speaker Samuel Ames 88

Justice Walter Snow Burges 91

V The Educators

John Howland 94

Henry Barnard 97

VI The Clergy

Bishop Alexander Viets Griswold 101

Reverend Francis Wayland 104

Reverend James Fitton 106

Mother Mary Frances Xavier Warde 109

VII The Physicians

Dr. Solomon Drowne 113

Dr. Usher Parsons 115

Dr. Isaac Ray 118

VIII The Architects and Artists

John Holden Greene 122

Russell Warren 126

James C. Bucklin 129

Thomas Alexander Tefft 131

James Sullivan Lincoln 134

IX The Literati

Catharine R. (Arnold) Williams 136

Frances Harriet (Whipple) Green McDougall 139

Sarah Helen (Power) Whitman 142

Wilkins Updike 145

Secretary of State John Russell Bartlett 149

X The Reformers

Seth Luther 154

Governor Thomas Wilson Dott 159

Harriet Ware 166

Arnold Buffum and Elizabeth Buffum Chace 168

George T. Downing 171

Thomas Robinason Hazard 174

Congressman Thomas Davis and Paulina (Kellogg) Wright Davis 177

Appendix Rhode Islanders and the Nation 183

George Bancroft

Reverend William Ellery Channing

Dr. Walter Channing

Prudence Crandall

John DeWolf

Charles Bird King

Captain Albert Martin

Clement Clarke Moore

Sam Patch

Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry

Commodore Matthew Calbraith Perry

U.S. Minister and Congressman Jonathan Russell

Gilbert Stuart

Judah Touro

Dr. Benjamin Waterhouse

Henry Wheaton

About the Author 191

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