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  • 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 ...
  • Hon. Jonathan Russell, II (1771 - 1832)
    From 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 wa...
  • “Shepherd Tom” Hazard (1797 - 1886)
    Thomas 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 call...

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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