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List of people from Rhode Island

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This is a list of prominent people who were born in the US state of Rhode Island or spent significant periods of their lives in the state

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Contents

  • 1 Academia
  • 2 Activism, civil rights, and philanthropy
  • 3 Art, literature, and design
  • 4 Athletics
  • 5 Business
  • 6 Crime
  • 7 Film and television
  • 8 Journalism
  • 9 Military
  • 10 Music
  • 11 Politics and government
  • 12 Religion
  • 13 Science
  • 14 See also
  • 15 References

Academiaedit

Elizabeth Buffum Chace
  • James Burrill Angell 1829–1916 – educator, academic administrator, and diplomat
  • Glen Bowersock born 1936 – scholar of the ancient world and the history of ancient Greece, Rome and the Near East
  • David Carlin born 1938 – professor of sociology and philosophy at Community College of Rhode Island
  • Robert Carothers born 1942 – president of the University of Rhode Island
  • Ronald Champagne – president of Elmira College, Merrimack College, and Shimer College1
  • Sarah Doyle 1830–1922 – educator and reformer
  • Paula Fredriksen born 1951 – historian and scholar of religious studies
  • Henry Giroux born 1943 – radical educator and cultural critic
  • Neil Lanctot born 1966 – historian
  • Francis Leo Lawrence 1937–2013 – educator, scholar of French literature, and university administrator
  • Edward T Lewis also known as Ted Lewis – president of St Mary's College of Maryland, president of the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, writer and poet
  • Helen Adelia Rowe Metcalf 1830–1895 – founder and director of the Rhode Island School of Design
  • Barry Mills born 1950 – fourteenth president of Bowdoin College
  • Salvatore D Morgera born 1946 – Professor of Electrical Engineering at University of South Florida
  • Wilfred Harold Munro 1849–1934 – historian
  • Richard Vangermeersch born 1940 – economist, Emeritus Professor of Accounting at the University of Rhode Island
  • Minton Warren 1850–1907 – classical scholar

Activism, civil rights, and philanthropyedit

  • Zechariah Chafee 1885–1957 – judicial philosopher, civil rights advocate
  • Elizabeth Buffum Chace 1806–1899 – activist in the anti-slavery, women's-rights, and prison-reform movements of the mid-to-late 19th century
  • Abby Aldrich Rockefeller 1874–1948 – philanthropist
  • Robert Ellis Smith 1940– – publisher and consumer activist, Privacy Journal; civil rights journalist in Alabama
  • Marjorie van Vliet 1923–1990 – teacher and aviator

Art, literature, and designedit

Gilbert Stuart
  • Jacob M Appel born 1973 - novelist
  • John Noble Barlow 1861–1917 – painter
  • Lee Bontecou born 1931 – sculptor and printmaker
  • George M Cohan 1878–1942 – playwright, composer and vaudeville performer
  • Paul Di Filippo born 1954 - science fiction author and critic
  • Denise Duhamel born 1961 – poet
  • Judith Dupré – author
  • C M Eddy, Jr 1896–1967 – author
  • Jeanpaul Ferro – poet, short fiction author, novelist
  • John Hawkes 1925–1998 – novelist
  • Greta Hodgkinson – ballet dancer
  • Ann Hood born 1956 – novelist and short story writer
  • Raymond Mathewson Hood 1881–1934 – architect
  • Galway Kinnell – Pulitzer Prize-winning poet
  • Christopher La Farge –novelist and poet
  • Jhumpa Lahiri – Pulitzer Prize-winning short fiction author and novelist
  • H P Lovecraft 1890–1937 – author
  • Maxwell Mays 1918–2009 – painter
  • David Macaulay born 1946 – author
  • Cormac McCarthy born 1933 – novelist
  • Don McGregor born 1945 – comic book writer
  • Edwin O'Connor 1918–1968 – novelist
  • SJ Perelman 1904–1979 – humorist, critic
  • Peter Pezzelli born 1959 – author
  • David Plante born 1940 – novelist
  • George Schuyler 1895–1977 – author
  • Gilbert Stuart 1755–1828 – painter
  • Thomas Alexander Tefft 1826–1859 – architect
  • Don Winslow born 1953 – author

Athleticsedit

Jack Capuano Nap Lajoie Davey Lopes Vinny Paz A–G
  • Lou Abbruzzi 1917–1982 – football player
  • Pat Abbruzzi 1932–1998 – football player
  • Gary Albright 1963–2000 – wrestler
  • Bill Almon born 1952 – baseball player
  • Deon Anderson born 1983 – football player
  • Billy Andrade born 1964 – golfer
  • Demetrius Andrade born 1988 – boxer
  • Earl Audet 1921–2002 – football player
  • Rocco Baldelli born 1981 – baseball player
  • Marvin Barnes born 1952 – basketball player
  • Elizabeth Beisel born 1992 – Olympic swimmer 2008, 2012
  • Jeff Beliveau born 1987 – baseball player
  • Curt Bennett born 1948 – ice hockey player
  • Harvey Bennett born 1952 – ice hockey player
  • John Bennett born 1950 – ice hockey player
  • Bryan Berard born 1977 – ice hockey player
  • Will Blackmon born 1984 – football player
  • Brian Boucher born 1977 – ice hockey player
  • Pedro Braz born 1985 – soccer player
  • Paul Briggs 1920–2011 – football player
  • Ellison "Tarzan" Brown 1914–1975 – two-time Boston Marathon champion and US Olympian
  • Brian Burke born 1955 – ice hockey executive
  • Ernie Calverley 1924–2003 – basketball player
  • Dave Capuano born 1968 – ice hockey player
  • Jack Capuano born 1966 – ice hockey player, head coach
  • Keith Carney born 1970 – ice hockey player and US Olympian 1998
  • Marissa Castelli born 1990 – Olympic pairs figure skater 2014
  • Tom Cavanagh 1982–2011 – hockey player
  • Malcolm Chance 1875–1955 – Hall of Fame tennis player
  • Mike Cloud born 1975 – football player
  • Fred Corey 1855–1912 – baseball player
  • Miguel Cotto born 1980 – boxer
  • Jill Craybas born 1974 – tennis player
  • Sara DeCosta born 1977 – Olympic ice hockey player 1998, 2002
  • Al Del Greco born 1962 – football player, radio personality
  • Ernie DiGregorio born 1951 – basketball player
  • Clark Donatelli born 1967 – ice hockey player and US Olympian 1988, 1992
  • Allen Doyle born 1948 – professional golfer
  • Pat Duff 1875–1925 – baseball player
  • Anthony Durante 1967–2003 – professional wrestling
  • Joe Exter born 1978 – ice hockey player
  • Brad Faxon born 1961 – golfer
  • Claire Waters Ferguson born 1935 – ice skating executive
  • Melissa Fiorentino born 1977 – boxer
  • Steve Furness 1950–2000 – football player, coach
  • Tom Garrick born 1966 – basketball player
  • Rob Gaudreau born 1970 – ice hockey player
  • Dave Gavitt born 1937 – basketball coach
  • Billy Gonsalves 1908–1977 – soccer player
  • Lou Gorman 1929–2011 – baseball executive
  • Paul Guay born 1963 – ice hockey player
H–Z
  • Gabby Hartnett 1900–1972 – baseball player
  • Joe Hassett born 1955 – basketball player
  • Tom Healey 1853–1891 – baseball player
  • P H Horgan III born 1960 – golfer
  • Tony Horton born 1958 – physical fitness expert
  • Robert Howard 1975–2004 – 1996 and 2000 US Olympic Track & Field Team
  • John Hynes born 1975 – ice hockey head coach
  • Matt Hyson born 1970 – wrestler
  • Chris Iannetta born 1983 – baseball player
  • Drew Inzer born 1979 – football player
  • Jeff Jillson born 1980 – ice hockey player
  • Steven King born 1969 – ice hockey player
  • Paul Konerko born 1976 – baseball player
  • Clem Labine 1926–2007 – baseball player
  • Nap Lajoie 1874–1959 – Hall of Fame baseball player
  • Clara LaMore born 1924 – International Swimming Hall of Fame inductee
  • Lou Lamoriello born 1942 – ice hockey executive
  • Rick Lancellotti born 1956 – baseball player
  • John LaRose born 1951 – baseball player
  • Brian Lawton born 1965 – hockey player
  • Ricky Ledo born 1992 – basketball player
  • Ed Lee born 1961 – ice hockey player
  • David Littman born 1967 – ice hockey player
  • Davey Lopes born 1945 – baseball player and coach
  • Peter Manfredo born 1980 – boxer
  • Ken McDonald born 1970 – basketball player, coach
  • John Mellekas 1933–2015 – football player
  • Tom Mellor born 1950 – hockey player and US Olympian 1972
  • Ray Monaco 1918–2002 – football player
  • Chet Nichols, Jr 1931–1995 – baseball player
  • Bill Osmanski born 1915–1996 – College Football Hall of Fame inductee
  • Chuck Palumbo born 1971 – wrestler
  • Don Panciera 1927–2012 – football player
  • Les Pawson 1905–1992 – two-time Boston Marathon winner
  • Vinny Paz born 1962 – boxer, five-time world champion
  • Gerry Philbin born 1941 – football player
  • David Quinn born 1966 – ice hockey player
  • Joe Reed born 1948 – football player
  • Aileen Riggin 1906–2002 – swimmer
  • Bill Sandeman born 1942 – football player
  • Mathieu Schneider born 1969 – professional ice hockey player
  • Bobby Sewall born 1988 – football player
  • Bert Shurtleff 1897–1967 – football player
  • Jamie Silva born 1984 – football player
  • Jim Siwy born 1958 – baseball player
  • AJ Smith born 1949 – football executive
  • Hank Soar 1914–2001 – football player
  • Joe Soares – rugby player
  • Sean Soriano – mixed martial artist
  • Mike Stefanik born 1958 – NASCAR driver
  • Bill Summers 1895–1966 – Major League Baseball umpire
  • Chris Terreri born 1964 – NHL goalie, two Stanley Cups and US Olympian 1988
  • Mark Van Eeghen born 1952 – NFL Pro Bowl running back
  • Dan Wheeler born 1977 – baseball player
  • Cody Wild born 1987 – ice hockey player
  • Mason Williams born 1991 – baseball player
  • Ron Wilson born 1955 – ice hockey player, head coach
  • Jeff Xavier born 1985 – basketball player

Businessedit

Moses Brown Laura Lang
  • Zachariah Allen 1795–1882 – textile manufacturer, scientist, lawyer, writer, inventor and civil leader
  • Everett M "Busy" Arnold 1899–1974 – comic book publisher
  • John Brown 1736–1803 – merchant and slave-trader, original owner of the John Brown House, co-founder of the College in the English Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations later Brown University, named after his nephew
  • Moses Brown 1738–1836 – co-founder of the College in the English Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations later Brown University, named after his nephew
  • Nicholas Brown, Jr 1769–1841 – businessman and philanthropist for whom Brown University is named co-founded by his uncles Moses Brown and John Brown as the College in the English Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations but renamed after Nicholas Brown Jr's financial contributions
  • Robert Crandall born 1935 – former president and chairman of American Airlines
  • Glenn Creamer - senior managing director of Providence Equity Partners
  • Marcel Desaulniers born 1945 – chef and director emeritus of the Culinary Institute of America
  • Wylie Dufresne born 1970 – celebrity chef, owner of wd~50 restaurant in the Manhattan borough of New York City2
  • Ann Smith Franklin 1696–1763 – publisher
  • Darius Goff 1809–1891, Pawtucket textile mill owner
  • Catherine Littlefield Greene 1755–1814 – wife of Nathanael Greene
  • Daniel Harple born 1959 – entrepreneur, investor, inventor
  • Bradley S Jacobs born 1956 – chairman and chief executive officer of XPO Logistics
  • Laura Lang – former chief executive officer of Time Inc
  • Aaron Lopez 1731–1782 – slave merchant and philanthropist, wealthiest person in Newport
  • Edward J McElroy born 1941 – labor union executive
  • James McNerney born 1949 – business executive
  • David Nason born 1970 – president and CEO of GE Energy Financial Services
  • Jonathan M Nelson born 1956 – businessman and investor, founder of Providence Equity Partners
  • David R Paolo born 1968 – entrepreneur and businessman
  • Carolyn Rafaelian – designer – philanthropist, and business woman, founder of Alex and Ani
  • Henry J Steere 1830–1889 – textile industrialist, philanthropist
  • Aldo Tatangelo 1913—2008 – businessman and politician
  • Judah Touro 1775–1854 – businessman
  • Edward Valenti born 1948 – Ginsu knife creator, author, entrepreneur
  • William Kissam Vanderbilt 1849–1920 – member of the prominent American Vanderbilt family, original owner of Marble House in Newport
  • William Vernon 1719–1806 – trader

Crimeedit

  • Thomas Tew –1695 – pirate

Film and televisionedit

Olivia Culpo Ruth Hussey, pictured with husband Bob Longenecker Ted Knight Seth MacFarlane Meredith Vieira A–L
  • Norm Abram born 1950 – carpenter and television performer
  • Robert Aldrich 1918–1983 – film director
  • Gianna Amore born 1968 – model and actress
  • Harry Anderson born 1952 – actor, Night Court
  • David Angell 1946–2001 – television producer
  • Nadia Bjorlin born 1980 – actress
  • Billy Bush born 1971 – radio & TV host, Access Hollywood, Today
  • Ruth Buzzi born 1936 – comedian, Laugh-In
  • Sean Callery born 1964 – film and television composer
  • Robert Capron born 1998 – actor
  • Marilyn Chambers 1952–2009 – adult film actress
  • Harry Cicma born 1982 – Emmy Award-winning sports anchor, professional tennis player
  • Nicholas Colasanto 1924–1985 – actor and director, Cheers
  • Michael Corrente born 1959 – film director and producer
  • Olivia Culpo born 1992 – Miss Rhode Island USA 2012, Miss USA 2012, Miss Universe 2012
  • Sam Daly born 1984 – actor
  • Viola Davis born 1965 – Academy Award-nominated actress
  • Charlie Day born 1976 – actor, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia
  • Vin Di Bona born 1944 – television producer
  • Eddie Dowling 1895–1976 – actor
  • Alice Drummond born 1929 – actress
  • Jack Duffy 1882–1939 – film actor
  • Nelson Eddy 1901–1967 – actor and singer
  • Susan Eisenberg born 1964 – voice actress
  • Mark Famiglietti born 1979 – actor
  • Bobby Farrelly born 1958 – film director
  • Peter Farrelly born 1956 – film director
  • Mat Franco born 1988 - magician, America's Got Talent winner
  • Peter Frechette born 1956 – actor
  • Ava Gaudet – actor, singer
  • Peter Gerety born 1940 – actor
  • Joanna Going born 1963 – actress
  • Spalding Gray 1941–2004 – actor and writer
  • Richard Hart 1915–1951 – actor
  • Elisabeth Hasselbeck born 1977 – television personality
  • Sam Hyde – comedian
  • Richard Hatch born 1961 – reality-television contestant
  • Jason Hawes born 1971 – television actor
  • David Hedison born 1927 – actor
  • Brian Helgeland born 1961 – screenwriter, film producer and director
  • Ruth Hussey 1911–2005 – Academy Award-nominated actress
  • Thomas Harper Ince 1882–1924 – film producer, director, actor
  • Richard Jenkins born 1953 – Academy Award-nominated actor
  • Joyce Jillson 1946–2004 – actress, author, and astrologer
  • Van Johnson 1916–2008 – actor, The Caine Mutiny, Brigadoon
  • Claudia Jordan born 1973 – Miss Rhode Island Teen USA 1997
  • Ted Knight 1923–1986 – actor, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Caddyshack
  • Geoffrey Lewis born 1935 – actor
  • Eric Lutes born 1962 – actor
M–Z
  • Seth MacFarlane born 1973 – voice actor, creator of Family Guy, American Dad!, The Cleveland Show and Ted
  • George Macready 1899–1973 – actor
  • Mike Maronna born 1977 – actor
  • Jason Marsden born 1975 – actor
  • Louis B Mayer 1884–1957 – film producer and MGM studio mogul
  • Matt McCarthy born 1979 – comedian, actor
  • Ron McLarty born 1947 – actor, playwright, novelist
  • Michaela McManus born 1983 – actress, Law & Order: SVU, One Tree Hill
  • Caroline McWilliams born 1945 – actress
  • Debra Messing born 1968 – actress, Will and Grace
  • Shanna Moakler born 1975 – Miss Rhode Island Teen USA 1992, Miss New York USA 1995, Miss USA 1995
  • Mark Morettini born 1962 – actor, Prison Break
  • Christopher Murney born 1943 – actor
  • Arden Myrin born 1973 – actress
  • Vincent Pagano born 1967 – actor
  • Pauly D born 1980 – television personality, DJ, cast member of Jersey Shore
  • Ben Powers 1950–2015 – actor, Laugh-In
  • Ford Rainey 1908–2005 – actor
  • Don Reo – television producer
  • Kali Rocha born 1971 – actress
  • Charles Rocket 1945–2005 – actor
  • Josh Schwartz born 1976 – television producer
  • Dave Shalansky born 1973, actor
  • Christopher Stanley born 1986 – actor, Henry Francis on Mad Men
  • Mena Suvari born 1979 – actress, American Beauty
  • Aimee Sweet born 1977 – model and actress
  • Saucy Sylvia born 1920 – comedian, singer, radio personality
  • Erika Van Pelt – American Idol finalist
  • Meredith Vieira born 1953 – television personality
  • David S Ward born 1945 – film director, Academy Award-winning screenwriter The Sting
  • Desiree Washington born 1973 – model
  • James Woods born 1947 – Academy Award-nominated actor

Journalismedit

  • Allen Bestwick born 1961 – sportscaster
  • Angelo Cataldi – sportscaster
  • David Hartman born 1935 – actor, television personality
  • Irving R Levine 1922–2009 – journalist
  • Walter Mossberg born 1947 – columnist
  • Al Rockoff – photographer
  • George Schuyler 1895–1977 – author, journalist
  • A O Scott born 1966 – film critic
  • Jeff Stein born 1944 – columnist, blogger
  • Doug White 1944–2006 – television newscaster
  • Jack White 1942–2005 – journalist

Militaryedit

Matthew C Perry
  • William Henry Allen 1784–1813 – US Navy officer
  • John Nicholas Brown II 1900–1979 – United States Assistant Secretary of the Navy AIR
  • Ambrose Burnside 1824–1881 – US Army officer
  • Timothy Bush 1728–1815 – Continental Army officer
  • Stephen Champlin 1789–1870 – US Navy officer
  • Godfrey Chevalier 1889–1922 – US Navy officer
  • Nathanael Greene 1742–1786 – Continental Army officer
  • Esek Hopkins 1718–1802 – the only Commander in Chief of the Continental Navy during the American Revolutionary War
  • Leon J LaPorte born 1946 – US Army officer, former US Forces Korea commander
  • George Luz 1921–1998 – US Army officer, member of the Band of Brothers
  • Matthew C Perry 1794–1858 – US Navy officer
  • Oliver Hazard Perry 1785–1819 – US Navy officer
  • Isaac P Rodman 1822–1862 – US Army officer
  • James Mitchell Varnum 1748–1789 – general in the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War
  • Samuel Ward, Jr 1756–1832 – American Revolutionary War soldier and delegate to the secessionist Hartford Convention
  • Frank Wheaton 1833–1903 – US Army officer
  • Abraham Whipple 1733–1819 – Continental Navy commander-in-chief

Musicedit

Sage Francis Kristin Hersh
  • Greg Abate born 1947 – jazz musician
  • AraabMuzik born 1989 – record producer and DJ
  • Dicky Barrett born 1964 – popular musician known as frontman of The Mighty Mighty Bosstones and announcer for Jimmy Kimmel Live!
  • David Blue 1941–1982 – singer-songwriter
  • John Cafferty – musician known for work with The Beaver Brown Band and for the Eddie and the Cruisers soundtrack
  • Blu Cantrell born 1976 – musician
  • Wendy Carlos born 1939 – composer and electronic music pioneer
  • George M Cohan 1878–1942 – entertainer, singer, dancer, subject of the film, Yankee Doodle Dandy
  • Bill Conti born 1942 – film music composer, Rocky
  • Bill Cowsill 1948–2006 – musician
  • Tanya Donelly born 1966 – musician
  • Eileen Farrell 1920–2002 – opera singer
  • Sage Francis born 1976 – musician
  • Billy Gilman born 1988 – musician
  • Al Gomes born 1960 – record producer and songwriter
  • Lukasz Gottwald born 1973 – songwriter
  • Bobby Hackett 1915–1976 – jazz musician
  • Scott Hamilton born 1954 – jazz tenor saxophonist
  • Kristin Hersh born 1966 – musician
  • Jon B born 1974 – musician
  • Jesse Leach born 1978 – popular musician
  • Mapei born 1983 – recording artist
  • Dave McKenna 1930–2008 – jazz pianist
  • Paul Motian 1931–2011 – jazz drummer, composer, bandleader
  • Nico Muhly born 1981 – contemporary classical music composer
  • David Narcizo born 1966 –musician
  • David Olney born 1948 – musician
  • Jeffrey Osborne born 1948 – musician
  • Mike Renzi born 1946 – pianist
  • Duke Robillard born 1948 – blues musician
  • Kim Schifino – musiciancitation needed
  • Carol Sloane - born 1937 jazz singer
  • Mike Stud born 1988 – rapper, former athlete
  • Erika Van Pelt born 1985 – singer
  • Don Wise born 1942 – tenor saxophonist, music producer, songwriter

Politics and governmentedit

See also: List of Governors of Rhode Island, List of Justices of the Rhode Island Supreme Court, List of lieutenant governors of Rhode Island, List of United States Representatives from Rhode Island, and List of United States Senators from Rhode Island John Chafee David Cicilline J Howard McGrath Michael T Flynn Claiborne Pell Lincoln Chafee A–L
  • Lincoln Almond born 1936 – former governor
  • Thomas Angell 1618–1694 – co-founder of the Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations
  • Jonathan Earle Arnold 1814–1869 – member of the Wisconsin Territorial Council
  • Peleg Arnold 1751–1820 – lawyer, tavern-keeper, jurist, and statesman
  • Joshua Babcock 1707–1783 – physician, American Revolution general, state Supreme Court justice, and postmaster
  • Latimer Whipple Ballou 1812–1900 – member of the United States House of Representatives
  • Sullivan Ballou 1829–1861 – state representative and US Army officer
  • Oliver Belmont 1858–1908 – charter member of the Rhode Island Society of Sons of the Revolution, United States Representative for New York
  • Charles R Brayton 1840–1910 – politician and lobbyist whom The New York Times called the "Blind Boss of Rhode Island"
  • Samuel W Bridgham 1776–1740 – first mayor of Providence
  • Frank Caprio born 1936 – judge and television performer
  • John Chafee 1922–1999 – US Senator
  • Lincoln Chafee born 1953 – US Senator, governor of Rhode Island, presidential candidate
  • Vincent "Buddy" Cianci, Jr 1941-2016 – former mayor of Providence
  • David Cicilline born 1961 – US Representative and Mayor of Providence first openly gay mayor of a US State capital
  • William Coddington 1601–1678 – magistrate of the Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations, Judge of Portsmouth, Judge of Newport, Governor of Portsmouth and Newport, Deputy Governor of the entire four-town colony, and then Governor of the colony
  • Thomas Corcoran 1900–1981 – member of President Franklin Roosevelt's "Brain Trust" during the New Deal and an advisor to President Lyndon B Johnson
  • Percy Daniels 1840–1916 – Populist politician
  • Edward D DiPrete born 1934 – former governor of Rhode Island
  • Thomas Donilon – National Security Adviser under President Barack Obama
  • Thomas A Doyle 1827–1886 – Mayor of Providence for eighteen years
  • Job Durfee 1790–1847 – US Congressman
  • Elisha Dyer, Jr 1839–1906 – 45th Governor of Rhode Island, mayor of Providence
  • William Ellery 1727–1820 – a signer of the United States Declaration of Independence as a representative of Rhode Island
  • Arthur Fenner 1745–1805 – fourth Governor of Rhode Island
  • Michael T Flynn born 1958 – retired United States Army lieutenant general and National Security Advisor
  • Theodore Foster 1752–1828 – one of the first two United States Senators from Rhode Island
  • Samuel Gorton 1593–1677 – settled the area of Shawomet later called Warwick
  • Daniel L D Granger 1852–1909 – US Representative and mayor of Providence
  • Theodore F Green 1867–1866 – United States Senator, 57th Governor of Rhode Island, and namesake of Rhode Island's largest airport, T F Green Airport
  • Christopher R Hill born 1952 – diplomat, Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs
  • Stephen Hopkins 1707–1785 – Governor of Rhode Island, RI Supreme Court justice, Signatory of the Declaration of Independence
  • Ambrose Kennedy 1875–1967 – US Congressman
  • Pat LaMarche born 1960 – Green Party presidential candidate
  • William C Lovering 1835–1910 – US Congressman
M–Z
  • James McAndrews 1862–1942 – US Congressman
  • William McCormick born 1939 – diplomat, United States Ambassador to New Zealand
  • J Howard McGrath 1903–1966 – Governor of Rhode Island, US Solicitor General, US Senator, chairman of the Democratic National Committee, and Attorney General of the United States
  • Edwin D McGuinness 1856–1901 – first Irish-Catholic mayor of Providence
  • Florence K Murray 1916–2004 – officer in Women's Army Corps, first female state senator in Rhode Island, first female judge in Rhode Island, and first female member of the Rhode Island Supreme Court
  • Dee Dee Myers born 1961 – White House Press Secretary
  • Annette Nazareth born 1956 – commissioner of the US Securities and Exchange Commission
  • Joseph R Paolino, Jr – US Ambassador to Malta, former Mayor of Providence
  • John O Pastore 1907–2000 – Governor of Rhode Island, US Senator
  • Claiborne Pell 1918–2009 – US Senator, diplomat, sponsor of Pell grants
  • Aram J Pothier 1854–1928 – Governor of Rhode Island, banker
  • Jack Reed born 1949 – US Senator
  • Dennis J Roberts 1903–1994 – 63rd Governor of Rhode Island
  • Christopher Robinson 1806–1889 – congressman
  • James Y Smith 1809–1876 – mayor of Providence and 29th Governor of Rhode Island
  • Sean Spicer born 1971 – White House Press Secretary for President Donald Trump
  • William Sprague 1799–1856 – 14th Governor, a US Representative, and a US Senator
  • William H Sullivan born 1922 – US Ambassador
  • Bruce Sundlun 1920–2011 – former governor
  • Charles Tillinghast James 1805–1862 – US Senator
  • Pat Toomey born 1961 – US Senator for Pennsylvania
  • Samuel Ward 1725–1776 – Supreme Court Justice, Governor of the Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations, and a delegate to the Continental Congress
  • William West 1733–1816 – American Revolution general, Lieutenant Governor, RI Supreme Court justice, anti-federalist leader
  • Sheldon Whitehouse born 1955 – state Attorney General, US Senator
  • Charles C Van Zandt 1830–1894 – former governor

Religionedit

  • Alfred W Anthony 1860–1939 – author, Free Will Baptist leader, and religion professor at Bates College
  • William Ellery Channing 1780–1842 – Unitarian theologian
  • John Clarke 1609–1676 – Baptist minister, co-founder of the Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations, author of its influential charter, and a leading advocate of religious freedom in the Americas
  • Maurice Davis 1921–1993 – Rabbi and human-rights activist
  • Ernest Fortin 1923–2002 – Assumptionist and professor of theology and Boston College
  • Mark Antony De Wolfe Howe 1808–1895 – Episcopal Church bishop
  • Anne Hutchinson 1591–1643 – theologian, religious dissident and colony co-founder
  • James Manning 1738–1791 – American Baptist minister, co-founder and first president of the College in the English Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations now Brown University
  • Edwards Amasa Park 1808–1900 – theologian
  • Ezra Stiles 1727–1795 – Congregationalist minister and co-founder of the College in the English Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations now Brown University
  • Roger Williams 1603–1684 – theologian and colony founder

Scienceedit

Sherwood C "Woody" Spring
  • Aaron T Beck born 1921 – psychiatrist
  • George Brayton 1830–1892 – mechanical engineer
  • Joseph Brown 1733–1785 – astronomer
  • Rita Charon born 1949 – physician
  • Solomon Drowne 1753–1834 – physician, academic and surgeon during the American Revolution
  • Sylvester Gardiner 1707–1786 – physician
  • Stuart Gitlow born 1962 – psychiatrist
  • Frederic Poole Gorham 1871–1933 – bacteriologist
  • Nathanael Herreshoff 1848–1938 – naval engineer
  • Domina Jalbert 1904–1991 – inventor
  • Melanie Sanford born 1975 – chemist
  • Sherwood C Spring born 1944 – astronaut
  • Robert Henry Thurston 1839–1903 – first president of the ASME
  • Frank E Winsor 1870–1939 – civil engineer

See alsoedit

  • Biography portal
  • Lists portal
  • Rhode Island portal
  • List of early settlers of Rhode Island
by educational institution affiliation
  • List of Brown University people
  • List of Bryant University alumni
  • List of Rhode Island School of Design people
by location
  • List of people from Cranston, Rhode Island
  • List of people from Newport, Rhode Island
  • List of people from Pawtucket, Rhode Island
  • List of people from Providence, Rhode Island

Referencesedit

  1. ^ Contreras, Russell September 4, 2008 "Champagne Takes the Reins at Merrimack College" The Boston Globe 
  2. ^ "wd~50 – The Team" wd~50 

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