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  • Zechariah Chaffee, Jr. (1885 - 1957)
    Zechariah Chafee, Jr. (December 7, 1885 – February 8, 1957) was an American Professor of Law, judicial philosopher and civil rights advocate. Defending freedom of speech, he was described by Senator ...
  • Lucian Sharpe (1830 - 1899)
    Lucien Sharpe, 1830-1899 was a business leader who was co-founder of Brown & Sharpe Mfg. Company. Cited for his efforts in seeking improved working conditions, he served as President of the Providence ...
  • Benjamin F. Thurston (1829 - 1890)
    Benjamin F. Thurston, 1829-1890, was the leading U.S. Attorney of his day and the top authority on patent law.
  • Edward Harris (1801 - 1872)
    Mr Harris married first December 2, 1835 Rachel Farnum, daughter of Moses Farnum of Blackstone, Massachusetts and sister of Welcome and Darius D. Farnum, extensive manufacturers of woollen goods at Wat...
  • Ruth Hussey (1911 - 2005)
    Ruth Carol Hussey (October 30, 1911 – April 19, 2005) was an American actress best known for her Academy Award-nominated role as photographer Elizabeth Imbrie in The Philadelphia Story. Early life ...

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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