1876 Corliss Engine, designed by . Corliss of Providence, set in motion at Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia, President Grant being present.
1877 Rhode Island Institute for the deaf founded.
1880 Tribal Authority of Narragansett Indians ended.
1880 Coaster's Harbor Island ceded to the United States Government by citizens of Newport. for purpose of establishing training school for the United States navy.
1882 Electric carbon arc lights used in street lighting in Providence.
1884 Naval War College established in Newport.
1887 Compulsory Education passed.
1887 State Agricultural School opens in Kingston (becomes Rhode College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts in 1892, Rhode Island State College in 1909 and the university of Rhode Island in 1955.)
1888 First electric railway in Rhode Island opened in Woonsocket.
1889 Wheeler School founded in Providence.
1889 Old Providence Cove filled in (1889-1892)
1890 Cotton Centenary celebrated in Pawtucket.
1892 Women's College in Brown University founded (renamed Pembroke College in 1928)
1895 "Rhode Island Red" hen officially recognized as a new breed.
1896 St. George's School founded at Middletown.
1897 New State Flag adopted.
1898 Spanish American War
1900 Population of State, 428,556.