List of people from Rhode Island

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This is a list of prominent people who were born in the U.S. State of Rhode Island or spent significant periods of their lives in the state.


Elizabeth Buffum Chace, anti-slavery, women's rights, and prison reform activist

Activism, civil rights, and philanthropy[edit]

Art, literature, and design[edit]

H.P. Lovecraft, horror fiction writer
Gilbert Stuart, painter best known as a portraitist


Jack Capuano, former NHL defenseman and current head coach of the New York Islanders
Nap Lajoie, Baseball Hall of Fame inductee
Davey Lopes, Major League second baseman, manager, and first base coach
Vinny Paz, professional boxer
Aileen Riggin, diving and swimming medalist at the 1920 Olympics


Moses Brown, industrialist, abolitionist, co-founder of Brown University
Laura Lang, former CEO of Time, Inc. and of Digitas


Film and television[edit]

Olivia Culpo, Miss Universe 2012
Thomas Harper Ince, silent film producer, director, screenwriter, actor who made over 600 films
Ruth Hussey, film and stage actress best known for The Philadelphia Story, pictured with husband Bob Longenecker
Ted Knight, actor and voice artist known for roles in The Mary Tyler Moore Show and Caddyshack
Seth MacFarlane, cartoonist and actor, creator of Family Guy
Meredith Vieira, journalist and television presenter known for Dateline, The View, Today, and Who Wants to Be a Millionaire



Matthew Perry, U.S. Navy officer


Eileen Farrell, opera singer
Sage Francis, hip hop artist and founder of Strange Famous Records
Kristin Hersh, leader of Throwing Muses and 50 Foot Wave

Politics and Government[edit]

John Chafee, United States senator and father of governor Lincoln Chaffee
David Cicilline, congressman, former mayor of Providence, first openly gay mayor of a state capital
J. Howard McGrath, Governor, Solicitor General, Senator, chairman of the DNC, and Attorney General
Claiborne Pell, six-term U.S. senator best known for the Pell Grant



Sherwood C. ("Woody") Spring, NASA astronaut


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