Inductees from 1972

  1. Margaret F. Ackroyd

    Categories: Civil Rights / Abolitionists, Government & Politics, Women

    Margaret Ackroyd was a native Rhode Islander who served in the State Labor Department for thirty years before her retirement. She served as Chief in the Division of Women and Children and Commissioner of minimum wage.  She became known as the "architect of non-discriminatory employment standards for women".


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  2. Senator Nelson W. Aldrich

    Senator Nelson W. Aldrich (1841-1915)

    Categories: Government & Politics

    Senator Nelson W. Aldrich, 1841-1915, was a native of Foster who conceived and organized the present financial system of the United States. Mr. Aldrich, recognized as one of the greatest authorities on finance, served for thirty years in the U. Read more >

  3. Daniel O. Cargill

    Categories: Civil Engineer, Technology & Science

    Daniel Cargill was a native of Cumberland who served the state for forty-six years as a bridge engineer and Chief Engineer of the Division of Roads and Bridges. He played a major role in developing Rhode Island's interstate highway system and developed bridge preservation techniques that have been utilized in many states. Read more >

  4. Chon Day

    Categories: Artists & Painters, Literature / Writers / Newspapers

    Chauncey Addison Day, better known as Chon Day lived in Westerly and became a nationally known cartoonist who created Brother Sebastian. He was voted "Best Magazine Cartoonist of the Year" on three occasions by the National Cartoonist Society. Read more >

  5. Governor & Senator Theodore Francis Green

    Governor & Senator Theodore Francis Green (1867-1966)

    Categories: Government & Politics

    Long-time senator, Theodore Francis Green bequeathed a lasting legacy of reform and economic growth to the state. Born in 1867 in Providence to an old Brahmin family, which counted among its lineage Rhode Island's first governor under the Royal Charter of 1663, Benedict Arnold, and Revolutionary War general Nathanial Greene, Theodore Francis Green attended schools in Bonn and Berlin, Germany. He served in the Spanish-American War and following his discharge, became active in state politics, running first as a member of the Lincoln Party, and then as a reform candidate for the Democratic Party. He finally became governor in 1932 after an unsuccessful run two years earlier, and then won a senate seat in 1936, serving from 1936-1961. Read more >

  6. Bobby Hackett

    Bobby Hackett (1915-1976)

    Categories: Music (Singers, Composers)

    Bobby Hackett, 1915-1976, was a cornet and trumpet soloist who became a Dixieland specialist, orchestra leader and recording artist. A Providence native, he played with many of the nation's top jazz bands. Read more >

  7. Charles Leo

    Charles Leo "Gabby" Hartnett (1900-1972)

    Categories: Sports - Baseball

    "Gabby" Hartnett, 1900-1972, was one of the first three Rhode Island-born men to be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. Mr. Hartnett, born in Woonsocket, was the oldest of fourteen children. He grew up in the nearby small town of Millville, Massachusetts, where he played baseball in the Blackstone Valley League. Read more >

  8. Irving R. Levine (1922-2009)

    Categories: Literature / Writers / Newspapers, TV & Radio

    Irving Levine, 1922-2009, became one of the country's top newsmen in the radio and television fields. He gained fame as a reporter, photographer, and commentator while on overseas assignments and was best known as an NBC News correspondent. His career spanned nearly forty-five years.

    Born in Pawtucket, Rhode Island on August 26,1922 to Ukrainian immigrants Joseph and Emma (Raskin) Levine. Read more >

  9. U.S. Senator John O. Pastore

    U.S. Senator John O. Pastore (1907-2000)

    Categories: Government & Politics

    John Orlando Pastore was born in the Federal Hill section of Providence on March 17, 1907 to Michele and Erminia (Asprinio) Pastore. He married Elena Caito in 1941, and the couple had three children, Dr. John O., Jr. Read more >

  10. Admiral William S. Sims

    Admiral William S. Sims (1858-1936)

    Categories: Education & Universities, Government & Politics, Military

    Admiral William Sowden Sims, 1858-1936, was two-time President of the U.S. Naval War College in Newport (1917, 1919-1922) who served as Commander-in-Chief of the U.S. Read more >



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