Philanthropist. A 1786 graduate of Rhode Island College, he was partner in the mercantile firm Brown and Ives with his brother-in-law Thomas P. Ives. He also served many years in the Rhode Island legislature. In 1804 he gave $5000 to his alma mater, the name of which was changed to Brown University in his honor. During his lifetime he gave the University many thousands of dollars, had Manning Hall and Hope College built and donated land for the President's House and Rhode Island Hall. In his will he left $30,000 for the establishment of a hospital for the mentally ill, today's Butler Hospital in Providence.
Bio by: Jen Snoots
An eminent merchant, the friend of the friendless, the patron of learning, the benefactor of the insane and the liberal promoter of every good design.