Newport (Rhode Island)

Newport County


Newport is a city in Newport County, Rhode Iceland with 24,672 inhabitants ( 2010).


Newport, founded in 1639, was united in 1640 with the city of Portsmouth. 1654 a permanent alliance with the towns of Providence and Warwick was received. Before the American Revolution, the city extended period was relatively wealthy because they located exactly between the two emerging trade Boston and New York, offered as a stopover for merchant ships. Since 1646 the city is known for its shipbuilding. 1658 Newport was birthplace of the first major Jewish settlement in the area of the British colonies in North America. Even today testifies to the Touro Synagogue of that time. During the American Revolution the city was occupied by the British and partly destroyed what they could never reach their former economic and political meaning. Today, Providence state capital of Rhode Iceland.

In the 19th century the town became popular as a summer residence of the American plutocracy. Two outstanding examples of the built in time residences are The Breakers, the house of Cornelius Vanderbilt, and Rosecliff. Newport is also known by the Newport Jazz Festival and the Newport Folk Festival.


Newport is home to several educational institutions in the U.S. Navy, including the Naval War College.

A building that gives to many speculations, is the location in the Upper Newport Mill.

Newport was also an early settlement core of American Jews. The 1763 completed and inaugurated Touro Synagogue is one of the oldest synagogues in the North American continent.

The Newport Casino is the Tennis Museum International Tennis Hall of Fame.


View of the beach promenade

Sons and daughters of the town

  • Barry Cowsill, musicians
  • William Cowsill, musician and lead singer of the band The Cowsills
  • Tanya Donelly, singer and guitarist
  • Christopher Ellery, U.S. Senator
  • William Ellery, signer of the Declaration of Independence
  • Christopher G. Champlin, U.S. Senator
  • William Ellery Channing, preacher and theologian
  • John La Farge, a Catholic priest, who belonged to the Jesuits
  • Thomas Harper Ince, film director and film producer of the silent film era
  • Van Johnson, actor
  • Clarence King, Geologist
  • Francis Malbone, U.S. Senator
  • David Munyon, singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • Lisa Nemzo, singer-songwriter
  • Blanche Oelrichs, poet, writer and theater actress during the first half of the 20th century
  • Matthew Calbraith Perry, naval officer, most recently with the rank of Commodore
  • Mena Suvari, Actress
  • James Van Alen, inventor of the tie-break, founder of the Tennis Hall of Fame
  • Edith Stuyvesant Vanderbilt, a member of the wealthy Vanderbilt family, patron of the arts, women's rights activist and high society lady in the New York society
  • Gladys Moore Vanderbilt, a member of the wealthy Vanderbilt family
  • Aileen Riggin, water jumper and Olympic gold medalist