About the RI Heritage Hall of Fame

The Rhode Island Heritage Hall of Fame was founded in March 1965 to honor the contributions of those whose efforts, in any line of endeavor, have added significantly to the heritage of the State of Rhode Island. Eligible membership may include those who are native born, those whose reputations have been made while residents of the state, and those who have adopted Rhode Island as their permanent home.

The Rhode Island Heritage Hall of Fame is a partner organization of the Heritage Harbor Museum. Upon the Museum's opening in 2013, inductees' portraits will become part of a permanent Hall of Fame exhibit honoring their accomplishments.

Nominations for future inductees may be submitted, along with biographical sketches and letters of recommendation, to any of the Hall of Fame's directors via email.

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Charles Bird King Charles Bird King (1785 - 1862)
Inducted 2012

 

King, Charles Bird, 1785-1862

Charles Bird King (September 26, 1785 - March 18, 1862) was born in Newport, the only child of Deborah Bird and Revolutionary War veteran Captain Zebulon King, who moved the family to Ohio in 1789 and was killed there by Indians. 

When Charles King was fifteen, he went to New York to study portrait painting, and he then journeyed to London, where he was taught by Benjamin West at the Royal Academy. 

After returning to America in 1812, he eventually settled in Washington, D.C.  more >
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