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Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Rhode Island, (search)
lection, Henry Lippitt, Republican, is chosen by the legislature......May 30, 1876 First board of harbor commissioners appointed by the governor......June 14, 1876 State board of health established......1878 Legislature elects Alfred H. Littlefield, Republican, governor, there being no choice at the election in April......May 25, 1880 Act passed abolishing the tribal authority and relation of the Narraganset Indians......1880 Congress awards the first-class gold medal to Mrs. Ida Lewis Wilson, keeper of Lime Rock light-house, who, since 1859, had saved thirteen lives at the risk of her own......1881 Senator Ambrose E. Burnside, born at Liberty, Ind., 1824, governor of Rhode Island, 1866-69, dies......Sept. 3, 1881 Colored voters of Rhode Island, in convention at Newport, resolve hereafter to act independently of the Republican party......Oct. 18, 1882 Amendment to the State constitution prohibiting the manufacture and sale of intoxicating liquors as a beverage, g
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Wilson, Ida Lewis 1841- (search)
Wilson, Ida Lewis 1841- The American Grace Darling; born in Newport, R. I., in 1841; daughter of Capt. Hosea Lewis, of the Lime Rock Light-house, Newport Harbor. She took up her residence with her parents in the light-house in 1854. As the only means of communication with the city of Newport was by water she soon became an expert rower and swimmer. Since her fifteenth year she has rescued eighteen persons in the adjacent sea, several times at the peril of her own life. In 1879 she wascretary Sherman, who wrote: This appointment is conferred upon you as a mark of my appreciation for your noble and heroic efforts in saving human lives. During the same year General Grant presented her with a subscription boat named the Rescue, and in July, 1881, the Secretary of the Treasury awarded her the gold life-saving medal. She has also received medals from several humane societies. the Rescue was on exhibition at the World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago in 1893. Wilson, James