North Providence:: A History and the People Who Shaped It

North Providence:: A History and the People Who Shaped It

by Paul F. Caranci
North Providence:: A History and the People Who Shaped It

North Providence:: A History and the People Who Shaped It

by Paul F. Caranci


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In 1765, settlers to the west of Providence petitioned to form their own township. Their prayers were answered, and North Providence, Rhode Island, was born. While it sheltered religious dissenters, North Providence was also the sparking point of the Industrial Revolution—native sons and industrialists Samuel Slater and Zachariah Allen reinvented the cotton industry and altered the course of the nation. In this history of North Providence, author Paul F. Caranci celebrates the town's colorful characters and provides walking tours for the villages of Lymansville, Allendale, Centredale and Fruit Hill. Learn how North Providence native Stephen Olney became a Revolutionary War hero when he pulled an injured James Monroe from the battlefield and how Frank C. Angell became a spokesman for Centredale. Caranci reveals the unique history of North Providence and the people who shaped it.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781609497187
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing SC
Publication date: 07/31/2012
Pages: 128
Product dimensions: 8.80(w) x 6.00(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Paul F. Caranci is a third generation resident of Centredale, a neighborhood in North Providence. He has served as Rhode Island's Deputy Secretary of State since 2007, and served on the North Providence Town Council from 1994 to 2010. Caranci attended Providence College and Roger Williams University.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements 9

Part I Introduction to North Providence 11

A Brief History of North Providence 11

North Providence Government Leaders: The Five Mayors 13

A One-Hundred-Year History of the North Providence Town Council 16

Part II Biographies 23

Hero of the American Revolution Captain Stephen Olney 23

The Rhode Island Powder Mill Jacob Goff 27

First Admiral of the Continental Navy Esek Hopkins 30

Another Revolution Comes to North Providence Samuel Slater 35

Revolutionizing the Manufacture of Cotton Daniel Lyman 39

Scientist, Inventor, Visionary Zachariah Allen 42

Centredale/Greystone Mill Owners and Entrepreneurs Richard James Anthony Luther Carpenter 45

The Emergence of the Centredale Business District James Angell James Halsey Angell 49

The Story of Frank Capron Angell 53

Man of the People Senator Frank Sgambato 59

Rhode Island's Common Man Governor John A. Notte 61

The Saga of Lydia Wilcox 65

Pioneer and Woman of Faith Mary Ann Angell Young 68

Part III Walking Tours of the Villages of Lymansville, Allendale, Centredale and Fruit Hill 71

Bibliography 119

Index 125

About the Author 127

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