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5 Fun Facts About September 8 In Rhode Island History

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1. Rhode Island's First Newspaper was published on September 8, 1732
On this date, the first edition of the Rhode Island Gazette was published. It became Rhode Island's first newspaper and was printed by James Franklin.

2. Gilbert Stuart's Birthday is September 8
One of Rhode Island's most famous painters and portrait artists, Gilbert Stuart, was born on this day in 1755. Some of his most famous paintings include portraits of George Washington and Thomas Jefferson.

3. The First U.S. Coal-Fired Steamship launched from Rhode Island on September 8, 1807
The first steamship powered by coal in the United States, named the "St. Clair," was launched from a shipyard in Providence. It was equipped with two engines and designed to carry passengers and cargo.

4. The First Women's Golf Championship took place in Rhode Island on September 8, 1895
On this day, the first Women's Golf Championship was held at the Newport Country Club in Rhode Island. Margaret Curtis was the winner of the event.

5. The Rhode Island State House was completed on September 8, 1904
Rhode Island's State House, located in Providence, was completed on this day in 1904. It was designed by architect Charles F. McKim and is known for its grand marble dome.
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