Jul. 30, 1823 Providence Providence County Rhode Island, USA
Feb. 19, 1882 Hopkins Hennepin County Minnesota, USA
After he didn't strike it rich in the California gold fields, Harley Holmes Hopkins came to the Minnesota Territory from Rhode Island in 1854 with wife Eliza Ann Randall, son Chester Leander, daughter Florinda and brother Albert H. Hopkins to settle the area.
First postmaster of the town then called West Minneapolis, Harley allowed the town to build a train depot on his land (now the Depot Coffee House) with the agreement that the train station would say "Hopkins" on it. People getting off the train assumed that was the name of the town and it stuck. In 1948, 66 years after Harley's death, the town was officially named Hopkins, MN.
Harley descends from a RI family line which includes RI Gov. Stephen Hopkins 1707-1785, Signer of the Declaration of Independence. His genealogy and family history can be studied in depth at the Hopkins Historical Society in Hopkins, MN.