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Rhode Island Heritage Hall of Fame

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  • Hon. Jonathan Russell, II (1771 - 1832)
    Martha Mitchell’s Encyclopedia Brunoniana:Jonathan Russell (1771-1832), diplomat, was born in Providence on February 27, 1771, the son of Jonathan and Abigail (Russell) Russell. His father was descende...
  • “Shepherd Tom” Hazard (1797 - 1886)
    Robinson Hazard was a South Kingstown manufacturer, agriculturalist, author, and social reformer who embodied the egalitarian spirit of the pre-Civil War age of reform.Affectionately called “Shepard To...
  • Carlton C. Brownell (1917 - 2013)
    inductees to the Rhode Island Heritage Hall of Fame are chosen because of their impact upon their state, or even the nation. Some, however, have such a pervasive and beneficial impact on their communit...
  • Bradford Gorham (1935 - 2015)
    individuals — very few in number — stand out from all others because of their outstanding talents and abilities. In this respect one thinks of athletes or entertainers. It is more rare, however, that a...
  • William Dewitt Metz (1914 - 2013)
    DeWitt Metz was born in Buffalo, New York on June 13, 1914 to William J. and Minerva (Lamphear) Metz and was raised in the village of Perry, New York, about 50 miles east of Buffalo. Metz prepared for ...

The HOF exists to honor and recognize, and to extol and publicize the achievements of those Rhode Island men and women who have, in the words of the HOF induction citation, "made significant contributions to their community, state, and/or nation." It is also our mission to tell the story of Rhode Island History via interactive technology using the biographies of our inductees, noting their collective impact upon every phase of Rhode Island's development.


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