Richmond Switch Timeline By Casey 1738 Charlestown was set off as a separate town from Westerly. 1747 Richmond separated from Charlestown. Richmond 1752 Benjamin Franklin invented the Lightening Rod. 1757 Hopkinton separated from Westerly and was named after Hopkinton Stephen Hopkins. 1776 The Declaration of Independence was signed by delegates from 12 of the 13 colonies. 1804 The locomotive was invented by Richard Trevithick. 1826 Photography was invented by Joseph Nicephore Niepce. 1829 The Steam Locomotive was invented by George Stephenson. 1849 The telephone was invented by Antonio Meucci. 1860 The light bulb was invented by Sir Joseph Swan. 1861-1865 The American Civil War. 1869 Ulysses S. Grant became president of the United States. 1873 There was the wreck at Richmond Switch, injuring and killing many people. 1919 and 1920 The 19th Amendment was passed by Congress then ratified, allowing women to vote.
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