Stephen Hopkins - (1707 - 1785)

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Stephen Hopkins Biography

Stephen Hopkins was a native of that part of Providence which is now called Scituate, where he was born on the 7th of March, 1707. His parentage was very respectable, being a descendant of Benedict Arnold*, the first governor of Rhode Island. [* Not the Benedict Arnold of Revolutionary War fame.]

His early education was limited, being confined to the instruction imparted in the common schools of the country. Yet it is recorded of him, that he excelled in a knowledge of penmanship, and in the practical branches of mathematics, particularly surveying.

For several years he followed the profession of a farmer. At an early period, he was elected town clerk of Scituate, and some time after was chosen a representative from that town to the general assembly. He was subsequently appointed a justice of the peace, and a justice of one of the courts of common pleas. In 1733, he became chief justice of that court.

In 1742, he disposed of his estate in Scituate, and removed to Providence,
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Stephen Hopkins Genealogy

William Hopkins (1686 - 1738)
Ruth Wilkinson Hopkins (1686 - 1731)

Sarah Scott Hopkins (1707 - 1753)
Anna Smith Hopkins (1717 - 1782)

Rufus Hopkins (1727 - 1813)
Lydia Hopkins Tillinghast (1733 - 1793)
Silvanus Hopkins (1734 - 1753)
Simon Hopkins (1736 - 1744)

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Biography for Stephen Hopkins (1707 - 1785)
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Anti-Federalist Papers 1787 - 1788
Anti-Federalist Papers is the collective name given to the scattered writings of those Americans who during the late 1780s to early 1790s opposed to or who raised doubts about the merits of a firmer and more energetic union as embodied in the 1787 United
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The rights of the Colonies Explained 1764
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Continental Association created by the Articles of Association

The Continental Association, often known simply as the “Association“, was a system created by the First Continental Congress on October 20, 1774, for implementing a trade boycott with Great Britain. Congress hoped that by imposing economic sanctions, Great Britain would be pressured to redress the grievances of the colonies, and in particular repeal the Intolerable Acts passed by the British Parliament. The Association aimed to alter Britain’s

Quotes by Stephen Hopkins

Quote 761 details Share on Google+ - Quote 761 Linked In Share Button - Quote 761 We are not insensible that when liberty is in danger, the liberty of complaining is dangerous; yet a man on a wreck was never denied the liberty of roaring as loud as he could, says Dean Swift. And we believe no good reason can be given why the colonies should not modestly and soberly inquire what right the Parliament of Great Britain have to tax them.

Stephen Hopkins: The Rights of Colonies Examined - 1764

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