Ten fun facts about Rhode Island


Fact 1
Rhode Island is the smallest state by land size. It is only 1,214 square miles.

Fact 2
The sport of polo was first played in the United States in 1876 in Newport, Rhode Island.

Fact 3
The first judge in the United States to sentence a person to jail time for speeding was Judge Darius Baker from Rhode Island on August 28, 1904.


Fact 4
The first “open” golf tournament in the United States took place in 1895 in this state.

Fact 5
Roger Williams is the founder of Rhode Island. He established the first form of Democracy in the state after he was kicked out of Plymouth, Massachusetts due to his views when it came to freedom of speech and religion.

Fact 6
The oldest “Flying Horse Carousel” in the nation is located in Watch Hill, Rhode Island.

Fact 7
The oldest school house in the United States, built in 1716, is located in Portsmouth.

Fact 8
The author of the two songs “I’m a Yankee Doodle Dandy” and “You’re a Grand Old Flag” is George M. Cohan who was born in 1878 in Providence, Rhode Island.

Fact 9
The White Horse tavern is the oldest standing and operating bar in the United States, built in 1673.

Fact 10
The oldest library in the United States is the Redwood Library located in Newport, Rhode Island.


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Short about Rhode Island
Is a state located in the northeastern region of the United States


Fast facts
Number of households
410,639
Population
1,050,304
Per capita income
$30,005
Life expectancy in number of years
79.9
Statehood
May 29, 1790
Capital
Providence
Largest city
Providence
Number of billionaires
1
State beverage
Coffee milk
State bird
Rhode Island red chicken
State fish
Striped bass
State tree
Red Maple
State flower
Violet

Sources
Forbes Magazine - List of billionaires by US state
US Census Bureau - State and County QuickFacts
USNA - State Tree and Flower Chart



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