Inductees from 1976

  1. Edward Mitchell Bannister

    Edward Mitchell Bannister (1828-1901)

    Categories: African Americans, Artists & Painters

    Edward M. Bannister was a nationally famous painter during the 19th century. He was a self-taught pioneer among African-American artists, and won a national award during the U.S. Read more >

  2. Sevellon Brown (1886-1983)

    Categories: Literature / Writers / Newspapers

    Sevellon Brown was born in Washington, D.C. on November 23, 1886, and worked as a reporter for the Washington bureau of the United Press, the New York Star, and the New York Herald during the heyday of newspaper reporting. His newspaper career was interrupted, however, with America's entry into the First World War in April 1917. Read more >

  3. James Joseph, James Edward (?Scoops

    James Joseph, James Edward (?Scoops"), and John Walter Cooney Cooney

    Categories: Sports - Baseball

    The Cooney family of Cranston was Rhode Island's first family of baseball and the first family inducted into the Rhode Island Heritage Hall of Fame. Father James Cooney was born in Cranston on July 9, 1865 and sons Henry (b. 1892), Frank (b. 1893), James E. Read more >

  4. Dr. Anthony Corvese (1899-)

    Categories: Civic Leaders, Medicine & Health Care

    Dr. Anthony Corvese, a veteran physician, was the first Italian-American to intern at Rhode Island Hospital. He was instrumental in organizing the first free children's dental clinic in the state, he also established a gynecological and surgical clinic at The House of the Good Shepherd. He was also a medical pioneer in the use of spinal anesthesia. Read more >

  5. Frank Frisch

    Frank Frisch (1898-1973)

    Categories: Sports - Baseball

    Frank Frisch was a great second baseman and member of the famous Cardinal "Gashouse Gang." He has been inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame, and resided in Rhode Island for the last seventeen years of his life. Read more >

  6. David Hartman

    Categories: TV & Radio

    David Hartman, from Pawtucket, starred in The Bold Ones, and Lucas Tanner, establishing him as a top ranked television star. As anchorman on NBC's Good Morning America from 1975-1987, he also did yeoman's work behind the scenes for Jerry Lewis's telethon for Muscular Dystrophy. Read more >

  7. Rocky Marciano (1923-1969)

    Categories: Sports - Other

    Rocky Marciano, 1923-1969, was the world's undefeated heavy-weight boxing champion. He fought the majority of his contests in Providence, Rhode Island. Read more >

  8. U.S. Senator and Governor J. Howard McGrath

    U.S. Senator and Governor J. Howard McGrath (1903-1966)

    Categories: Government & Politics

    Governor, Senator, U.S. Solicitor General, and Attorney General, J. Howard McGrath had compiled an impressive resume by the time he reached his fiftieth year. Read more >

  9. S. J. Perelman (1904-1979)

    Categories: Literature / Writers / Newspapers, Theater

    S. J. Perelman, 1904-1979, was born in Brooklyn, NY, but moved to Smith Hill in Providence at an early age. Perelman attended Classical High School and matriculated at Brown University, but did not graduate. Read more >

  10. Oliver G. Pratt (1896-)

    Categories: Medicine & Health Care

    Oliver G. Pratt was Superintendent of Rhode Island Hospital for many years. He received citations from many national health organizations and was considered one of the foremost administrators of hospitals in the nation. Read more >

  11. George R. Ramsbottom (1888-1979)

    Categories: Government & Politics, Industry - Textiles, Philanthropists

    George Ramsbottom, 1888-1979, was a Pawtucket industrialist who was President-Treasurer of the Seekonk Lace Company. An angel to the Pawtucket Boys Club, he gave them Camp Ramsbottom for summer recreation. He was also active in Red Cross and Community Chest drives. Ramsbottom is also credited with helping to write the Pawtucket City Charter. Read more >

  12. Daniel P. Reilly (1907-1962)

    Categories: Education & Universities, Military, Religion & Churches

    Father Daniel P. Reilly, 1907-1962, a native of South Providence, was ordained as a Catholic Priest in 1953. He then went on to become personal secretary to Bishop McVinney, and rose to Chancellor and then Vicar General of the Providence Diocese. On August 6, 1975, he was installed as Bishop of Norwich. Read more >

  13. Dr. Henry M. Wriston (1899-1978)

    Categories: Education & Universities

    Born in Laramie, Wyoming, Henry Merritt Wriston was the son of Henry Lincoln Wriston, a Methodist minister and Jennie Amelia (Atcheson) Wriston, a schoolteacher. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in English literature in 1911 and his Master of Arts the following year, both from Wesleyan University in Connecticut. He continued his studies at Harvard University as an Austin Teaching Fellow and earned his Ph.D. Read more >



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