RI History
8:57 am
Wed January 8, 2014

Statue Of Revolutionary Thomas Dorr Unveiled At The Statehouse

State officials unveiled a lifelike statue Tuesday of one of the most important figures in Rhode Island history.

Statue of Thomas Dorr, at Statehouse unveiling.
Statue of Thomas Dorr, at Statehouse unveiling.
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

The statue of Thomas Dorr was celebrated during an afternoon ceremony outside the Senate chamber at the Statehouse.

State historian Patrick Conley calls Dorr the second most significant figure, after Roger Williams, in Rhode Island history.

Dorr led a rebellion in the early 1840s that led to expanded voting rights. Before the so-called Dorr Rebellion, only property owners were able to vote.

Conley is among those who donated the new statue of Dorr to the state. It takes the place of a copy of the colonial Royal Charter that was moved to be displayed in a room on the first floor of the Statehouse.

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