1852 Capital punishment abolished in State.
Normal School opens in Providence. (becomes a State institution in 1854, and is presently Rhode Island College.
1853 Newport incorporated as a city.
1861 First Rhode Island Troops leave for Civil War.
1863 Bryant and Stratton Business School opened (became Bryant College in 1935)
1864 First trains runs from Boston to Newport.
1865 End of Civil War.
1868 Providence Board of Trade organized, name changed to providence Chamber of Commerce in 1913
1869 United States Naval Torpedo Station established at Goat Island.
1870 State Board of Education established.
1871 Betsy Williams dies, bequeathing Roger Williams Park to the city of Providence.
LaSalle Academy in Providence founded.
1872 Providence Opera House built (demolished in 1931).
1873 Steamboat ferries put into operation between Jamestown and Newport.