Stephen Hopkins
Burial Location Visited DoI Signer Grave #
Providence, Rhode Island August 18, 2009 12th Visited


Stephen Hopkins of Rhode Island                                                               After some slight trouble, my
is buried beneath this obelisk in                                                                 dad and I were able to find
the North Burial Ground.                                                                           Hopkins' grave along an
                                                                                                              unmarked cemetery road.


The inscription on Hopkins'                                                        To locate Hopkins' grave, go through the
monument.                                                                             middle of the cemetery until you reach the
                                                                                              giant elk statue. Hopkins grave is on the
                                                                                              first road past the elk on the left.

                                       *** Interesting Facts ***

* Despite the fact that he was self-educated, Hopkins excelled as a politician and surveyor.

* In 1774, Hopkins proposed a bill that would ban the importation of African slaves to Rhode Island. This was one of the first anti-slavery laws proposed in America.

* Stephen Hopkins and Samuel Ward were the first delegates appointed to the Continental Congress.

* Esek Hopkins, Stephen Hopkins' younger brother, served as the first commander in chief of the Continental Navy during the American Revolution.

* Hopkins suffered from cerebral palsy, a neurological condition that limits one's ability to move. On 
August 2, 1776 when it came time to sign the Declaration of Independence, Hopkins' hand began to shake uncontrollably. In order to write his signature clearly, Hopkins' left hand grasped his right and tried to steady it. Fearing that his colleagues thought that he was not truly willing to give his life for their freedom, Hopkins turned around and stated, "My hand trembles, but my heart does not."

Spouse: Sarah Scott Hopkins (1707-1753)
              Anne Smith Hopkins (1717-1782)

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