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1754    Providence Library Association chartered.

1757    Hopkinton incorporated as a Town.

1758    James Franklin founds the Newport Mercury.

1763    Touro Synagogue dedicated in Newport.

            Rhode Island College incorporated. First commencement in 1769. In 1804 the college became Brown University.

1765    Governor Samuel Ward refuses to enforce the Stamp Act.

1772    First equestrian performance (circus) in RI occurs at Newport.

            British revenue schooner "Gaspee" burned while aground in Warwick.

1774    Colony population, 58,221 (including 3768 slaves).

1775    Revolutionary War begins at Lexington and Concord, Massachusettes.