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5 Fun Facts About February 2 In Rhode Island History

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1. In 1653, the town of Portsmouth was founded in Rhode Island by Anne Hutchinson and other followers of Roger Williams.
2. In 1848, Rhode Island became the first state in the United States to pass a law prohibiting the sale and manufacture of alcohol.
3. In 1875, the first telephone exchange in Rhode Island was established in Providence.
4. In 1922, the Rhode Island State House was completed after 11 years of construction.
5. In 1974, the first female governor in the United States, Ella Grasso, was inaugurated in Connecticut, which borders Rhode Island.
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