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Biography

Brotherly Love: Thomas and Allen Dorr at Phillips Exeter Academy
2 years ago

Brotherly Love: Thomas and Allen Dorr at Phillips Exeter Academy

In 1824, several months after he graduated from Harvard College, Thomas Wilson Dorr (1805-1854), the son of a prominent Providence, Rhode Island merchant, entered into a philosophical debate with his …
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John Angell: The Last Gortonist
3 years ago

John Angell: The Last Gortonist

While writing of the diversity of religious leanings in the colony of Rhode Island for my recent book on colonial New England (see the advertisement next to this article), I …
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Zachariah Allen: Scientist, Inventor, and Visionary
3 years ago

Zachariah Allen: Scientist, Inventor, and Visionary

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Zachariah Allen was born to Zachariah and Anne (Crawford) Allen in Providence on September 15, 1795. While little is known of his early years, it is evident by eighteenth century …
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Gertrude Johnson and Mary Wales: Two Trailblazers in Rhode Island Education
3 years ago

Gertrude Johnson and Mary Wales: Two Trailblazers in Rhode Island Education

The story of Gertrude I. Johnson and Mary T. Wales and the founding of Johnson & Wales University is truly an American success story. Given the times in which they …
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Tom Dorr: Up Close and Personal
3 years ago

Tom Dorr: Up Close and Personal

Back in the late 1970s, while exercising shared custody of my four oldest children in the wake of a failed first marriage, my Sundays were a time for visits …
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Arnold Buffum and Elizabeth Buffum Chace
3 years ago

Arnold Buffum and Elizabeth Buffum Chace

Arnold Buffum, one of Rhode Island’s leading abolitionists, was the second son among the eight children of William Buffum and Lydia Arnold.  He was born on December 13, 1782 …
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