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Smithfield, Rhode Island

Smithfield, Rhode Island
Location in Providence County and the state of Rhode Island.
Location in Providence County and the state of Rhode Island.
Country United States
State Rhode Island
County Providence
 • Type Council-manager
 • Town Council Suzanna L. Alba (D)
Alberto J. LaGreca, Jr. (R)
Bernard A. Hawkins (D)
Maxine A. Cavanagh (R)
Gregory J. Tocco (D)
 • Town Manager Dennis Finlay
 • Total 27.8 sq mi (71.9 km2)
 • Land 26.6 sq mi (68.9 km2)
 • Water 1.2 sq mi (3.1 km2)
Elevation 400 ft (122 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 21,430
 • Density 805.6/sq mi (311.0/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP codes 02828, 02917
Area code(s) 401
FIPS code 44-66200[1]
GNIS feature ID 1219817[2]

The town of Smithfield is located in Mountaindale, Hanton City, Stillwater and Greenville. The population was 21,430 at the 2010 census. Smithfield is the home of Bryant University, a private four year college.


  • History 1
  • Education 2
  • Bryant University 3
  • Notable people 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6


Greenville Bank at the turn of the twentieth century

The area comprising modern-day Smithfield was first settled in 1636 by several Valley Forge among other battles.


Smithfield contains several public elementary schools, a middle school and a public high school, which was ranked 17th out of 52 high schools in Rhode Island in 2006.[4] St. Phillip's School, a private Roman Catholic academy offering education in grades K-8, is situated in Greenville.[5] Mater Ecclesiae College, a Catholic college, is also located in the town in a facility that was formerly the St. Aloysius Orphanage.[6]

Bryant University

Bryant University, a private university with programs in business and the arts and sciences, is located in Smithfield.

In 1971, the University moved to its current campus in Smithfield when the founder of Tupperware, Earl Silas Tupper, a Bryant alumnus, donated the current 428 acres (1.73 km2) of land to be the new campus. The famous Bryant Archway was also relocated. The old Emin Homestead and Captain Joseph Mowry homestead occupied much of the land that makes up the present day Smithfield campus. The land was purchased and farmed for three generations between the late 19th century and the mid-20th century. Today, many descendants of the original Emin settlers still live near the Bryant campus. The school also claims a handful of family members as alumni and offers a scholarship for accounting students as a tribute to the Emin family. Historical pictures of the Emin Homestead can still be found in the Alumni house. [7]

Notable people


  1. ^ "American FactFinder".  
  2. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names".  
  3. ^ *The National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution Volume, 15 page 7 Mrs. Ella S. Anderson Freeman. DAR ID Number: 149020 4 James Buxton (1745–1817) commanded a company in Col. Benjamin Tupper's regiment, Massachusetts troops. He was born and died in Smithfield, R. I. Also No. 127831. View full context
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  7. ^ Bryant’s push to grow | Rhode Island news | | The Providence Journal | Skiing
  8. ^ Who Was Who in America, Historical Volume, 1607-1896. Marquis Who's Who. 1967. 
  9. ^ "ARNOLD, Peleg, (1751 - 1820)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved March 28, 2014. 
  10. ^ "Sullivan Ballou Letter". PBS. Retrieved March 28, 2014. 
  11. ^ "CAPRON, Adin Ballou, (1841 - 1911)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved March 28, 2014. 
  12. ^ "Elizabeth Buffum Chace and Lillie Chace Wyman". Retrieved March 28, 2014. 
  13. ^ "MACHTLEY, Ronald K., (1948 - )". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved March 28, 2014. 
  14. ^ "MOWRY, Daniel, Jr., (1729 - 1806)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved March 28, 2014. 
  15. ^ "Don Orsillo is right at home in the kitchen". Boston Globe. Retrieved March 28, 2014. 
  16. ^ "Biographical Sketches". Wisconsin Blue Book. Retrieved May 11, 2015. 
  17. ^ J.H. Beers & Company (1908). Representative Men and Old Families of Rhode Island: Genealogical Records and Historical Sketches of Prominent and Representative Citizens and of Many of the Old Families. J.H. Beers & Company. p. 1643. 
  18. ^ "David Wilkinson". ASME. Retrieved March 28, 2014. 

External links

  • Smithfield official website

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