Stephen Hopkins

‘Unfit To Be The Ruler Of A Free People’

In 1776 that referred to King George, and the moment that his Colonial subjects, Stephen Hopkins and William Ellery, signed their names to the Declaration of Independence, they had identified themselves as traitors to the British Crown. They could have paid with their lives. For this Independence Day, the Providence Journal editorial board chose to

‘Unfit To Be The Ruler Of A Free People’ Read More »

Stephen Hopkins — Declaration Of Independence

This image of Stephen Hopkins — Rhode Island Governor, Chief Justice, and signer of the Declaration of Independence — is one of eight local notables featured on this North Main Street bus shelter next to the North Burial Ground. Artist Gage Prentiss took his inspiration for the design from the cemetery itself, naming the work

Stephen Hopkins — Declaration Of Independence Read More »

Register To Vote — Stephen Hopkins House

(8.13) Become a registered voter — or update current registration — Saturday at the 18th century home of ten-time colonial Governor, and Signer of the Declaration of Independence, Stephen Hopkins. George Washington visited this house . . . twice! These men risked “their lives, their fortunes and their sacred honor” to give us the right

Register To Vote — Stephen Hopkins House Read More »

Revolutionary War Walking Tours (Self-Guided) — North Burial Ground

Stephen Hopkins was Rhode Island’s speaker of the house, chief justice, governor, and our signer of the Declaration of Independence . . . slacker. While many locals have visited the Hopkins House museum on Benefit Street, his final resting place had always been a little harder to find. No more. Check out the comprehensive North

Revolutionary War Walking Tours (Self-Guided) — North Burial Ground Read More »

George Washington Slept Here

In April of 1776, George Washington visited the Hopkins house, then located on South Main Street (early settlers were always dragging their houses around). According to the Gaspee Virtual Archives, General Washington’s first visit was on April 5, 1776. He was on his way to take command of the Continental Army in Boston. Hopkins himself

George Washington Slept Here Read More »

The Spirit Of ’76 Was Jamaican

Governor Stephen Hopkins led our delegation to the 1774 Continental Congress, later signing the Declaration of Independence for the colony of Rhode Island, an act of great bravery. John Adams wrote in his autobiography regarding Hopkins’ contributions to the congress, But Governor Hopkins of Rhode Island, above seventy Years of Age kept us all alive.

The Spirit Of ’76 Was Jamaican Read More »

Providence Daily Dose