Encyclopedia Brunoniana


  • The first, Stephen Hopkins (1764-1785) was one of the original incorporators of the College, several times Governor of Rhode Island, a delegate to the Continental Congress and a signer of the Declaration of Independence.Chancellors
  • Jabez Bowen (1785-1815) was a Chief Justice of the Rhode Island Supreme Court.Chancellors
  • The earliest known reference to a play performed by students is in the 1757 edition of Thomas Otway’s works in the College Library where a note in the hand of Nicholas Brown 1786 at the beginning of "The Cheats of Scapin," reads, "Acted in the Hall in Providencè as a Farce to the ‘Revengè’ April: 1785 With Great Applause."Dramatics
  • On his return to Providence in 1785 Solomon Drowne began his practice of medicine.Drowne, Solomon
  • Later in the year Perez Fobes was named professor of natural philosophy, replacing Joseph Brown, who had died in 1785.Fobes, Perez
  • Stephen Hopkins (1707-1785), first chancellor of the College, was born in Providence on March 7, 1707.Hopkins, Stephen
  • David Howell was a member of the Continental Congress from 1782 to 1785, associate justice of the supreme court of Rhode Island from 1786 to 1787, attorney general in 1789, and judge of the Rhode Island district court from 1812 until his death on July 30, 1824.Howell, David
  • On November 12, 1785 he wrote to Reverend Samuel Jones, who was establishing a school in Kentucky: He also at times took boarders, among them two sons of Robert Carter of Nomony Hall in Virginia, who wrote to Manning in February 1786 of George and John Tasker Carter, "they to be Sent from Boston immediately upon their Arrival there to your College in Providence.Manning, James
  • Well before a formal program began, in 1785 Professor Benjamin Waterhouse gave a public lecture on natural history at the State House, and Professor Perez Fobes gave lectures on natural philosophy in 1790.University Extension
  • Henry Wheaton (1785-1848), diplomat and authority on international law, was born in Providence on November 27, 1785.Wheaton, Henry