|Rhode Island History
||Life of Stephen Hopkins
Rhode Island re-emerged as a separate colony.
King William’s War: the French attack Block Island three times.
Queen Anne’s War: Rhode Island supplied some soldiers; commissioned
Stephen Hopkins born on March 7 in Cranston; the family later moves to a farm in
Marries Sarah Scott, both 19.
Elected town solicitor in Scituate.
Serves in the General Assemby as representative for Scituate.
A slave trade ship sailed from Providence for the first time.
Continues in General Assembly.
King George’s War: 35 Newport merchants were commissioned as privateers.
Moves to Providence.
Wife, Sarah, and two sons die.
The French and Indian War: Rhode Island merchants lost over 200 ships.
Delegate to the Congress of Albany. Hopkins and Benjamin Franklin lobbied fellow
delegates for a colonial “union.”
Marries Anne Smith
Publishes The Rights of the Colonies Examined to denounce the Stamp Act
which the British government levied on the colonies which had no representation in
RI patriots burned the H.M.S. Gaspee striking the first blow for
Stephen Hopkins was Chief Justice at the time; no one was ever prosecuted.
The Rhode Island General Assembly elected Stephen Hopkins and Samuel Ward as
delegates to the First Continental Congress.
Hopkins signs the Declaration of Independence for Rhode Island.