Warren, Rhode Island

Warren is a town in Bristol County, Rhode Island. The population was 10,611 at the 2010 census.

Warren, Rhode Island
Main Street, Warren, Rhode Island, USA
Main Street, Warren, Rhode Island, USA
Location in Bristol County and the state of Rhode Island
Location in Bristol County and the state of Rhode Island
Coordinates: 41°43′34″N 71°16′14″W / 41.72611°N 71.27056°W
CountryUnited States
StateRhode Island
IncorporatedJanuary 27, 1747
 • TypeRepresentative town meeting
 • Town CounselJoseph A. DePasquale (I)
P. Brandt Heckert (D)
David S. Frerichs (D)
Steven R. Thompson (D)
Scott F. Lial (I)
 • Town ModeratorPasquale T. Annarummo (D)
 • Total8.7 sq mi (22.4 km2)
 • Land6.2 sq mi (15.9 km2)
 • Water2.5 sq mi (6.5 km2)
7 ft (2 m)
 • Total10,611
 • Density1,729/sq mi (667.4/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s)401
FIPS code25-37175
GNIS feature ID1220057[1]


Church at Barrington, by A. G. Eldridge
Church at Warren, middle- to late-19th Century

Warren was the site of the Indian village of Sowams, located on the peninsula called Pokanoket (Mount Hope Neck), and Edward Winslow and Stephen Hopkins from the Plymouth Colony established a trading post there in 1621. In 1623, Winslow and John Hampden saved the life of Wampanoag Sachem Massasoit, gaining an important ally. In 1636, Roger Williams was banished from Salem, Massachusetts and fled to Sowams, where he was sheltered by Massasoit until he established Providence Plantations.

Permanent English settlement began east of the Indian village starting in 1653. Massasoit and his oldest son sold to certain Plymouth Colony settlers what is now Warren and parts of Barrington, Rhode Island, Swansea, Massachusetts, and Rehoboth, Massachusetts. The land was part of the Massachusetts Bay Colony and was first incorporated as part of Swansea. After the death of Massasoit, however, relations became strained between the Indians and the settlers, leading to King Philip's War in 1675 when the Indians destroyed the settlement at Sowams. In 1668, the township was officially incorporated with the name Sowams; in 1691, the Plymouth Colony merged with the Massachusetts Bay Colony.

Sowams was ceded to Rhode Island from Massachusetts in 1747 along with the Attleborough Gore (now Cumberland), Barrington, Bristol, Tiverton, and Little Compton, Rhode Island.[2] The town was named "Warren" after British naval hero Admiral Sir Peter Warren after a victory at Louisburg in 1745. Barrington was unified with Warren at the time, until it was separated again in 1770.

Warren was the original home of Brown University, founded in 1764 as the College in the English Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations. The school registered its first students in 1765 and was the Baptist answer to Congregationalist Yale and Harvard, Presbyterian Princeton, and Episcopalian Penn and Columbia. It was the only one of these schools that welcomed students of all religious persuasions, following the example of Roger Williams, who founded Rhode Island in 1636 on the same principle.

In the mid-18th century, the town was well known as a whaling port, and ship building became an important industry. The Revolutionary War seriously affected Warren's commercial prosperity, and the town suffered British raids in 1778 along with the rest of the region. Commerce revived within the decade after the Revolution until the middle of the 19th century, and Warren was famous for the fine vessels launched from its yards. These vessels were largely commanded and operated by Warren crews, and they engaged in whaling, merchant service, and the West India trade. Three notable ships were built in Warren by Chase & Davis: the 1853 clipper Lookout, the 1853 clipper bark Gem of the Sea, and the 1854 clipper bark Mary Ogden.

Warren Rhode Island 1886 engraving
1886 engraving of Warren

With the decline of the whaling industry and related seafaring commerce toward the middle of the 19th century, business attention turned to textile manufacturing. Warren's first cotton mill was erected by the Warren Manufacturing Company in 1847. Further mills and factories developed during and after the Civil War, attracting an immigrant work force. Today, Warren is home to several waterfront businesses such as Blount Marine, Blount Seafood, and Dyer Boats.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 8.6 square miles (22 km2), of which 6.2 square miles (16 km2) is land and 2.5 square miles (6.5 km2) (28.90%) is water. Warren is located on the east bank of the Warren River (opposite Barrington, Rhode Island).


Historical population
Census Pop.
Est. 201510,487[3]−1.2%
U.S. Decennial Census[4][5]

As of the census[6] of 2000, there were 11,360 people, 4,708 households, and 2,994 families residing in the town. The population density was 1,845.8 people per square mile (713.2/km²). There were 4,977 housing units at an average density of 808.7 per square mile (312.5/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 96.82% White, 0.83% African American, 0.23% Native American, 0.50% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 0.29% from other races, and 1.29% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.93% of the population.

There were 4,708 households out of which 27.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 47.3% were married couples living together, 12.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 36.4% were non-families. 30.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.36 and the average family size was 2.96.

In the town, the population was spread out with 21.6% under the age of 18, 7.6% from 18 to 24, 30.0% from 25 to 44, 23.0% from 45 to 64, and 17.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females, there were 90.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 86.0 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $41,285, and the median income for a family was $52,824. Males had a median income of $35,472 versus $27,023 for females. The per capita income for the town was $22,448. About 5.2% of families and 7.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 8.1% of those under age 18 and 10.4% of those age 65 or over.

Warren Rhode Island Town Hall

Town Hall

George Hail Public Library Warren Rhode Island

George Hail Public Library

St. Jean Baptiste Church, Warren, Rhode Island

St. Jean Baptiste Church

Warren United Methodist Church and Civil War Memorial (Warren Common), Rhode Island

Warren United Methodist Church and Civil War Memorial (Warren Common)


Warren is a part of the 10th District in the Rhode Island Senate and is currently represented by Democrat Walter Felag Jr. The town is a part of Rhode Island's 1st congressional district at the federal level and is presently represented by Democrat David Cicilline. It is a reliably Democratic stronghold in presidential elections, as no Republican has carried the town in over three decades.

Warren town vote
by party in presidential elections
Year GOP DEM Others
2016 39.33% 1,987 53.15% 2,685 7.52% 380
2012 34.78% 1,688 63.01% 3,058 2.20% 107
2008 34.54% 1,760 63.85% 3,254 1.61% 82
2004 38.17% 1,835 59.93% 2,881 1.89% 91
2000 31.02% 1,446 62.74% 2,925 6.24% 291
1996 25.95% 1,177 60.79% 2,757 13.25% 601
1992 29.27% 1,544 46.03% 2,428 24.70% 1,303
1988 45.57% 2,120 54.02% 2,513 0.41% 19

Notable places

Notable people


  1. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  2. ^ "Rhode Island History: Chapter 2". State of Rhode Island. Archived from the original on 19 September 2008. Retrieved 17 June 2016.
  3. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2015". Retrieved July 2, 2016.
  4. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Archived from the original on May 12, 2015. Retrieved June 4, 2016.
  5. ^ Snow, Edwin M. (1867). Report upon the Census of Rhode Island 1865. Providence, RI: Providence Press Company.
  6. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2013-09-11. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  7. ^ http://www.elections.state.ri.us/elections/preresults/

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Coordinates: 41°43′49″N 71°16′57″W / 41.73028°N 71.28250°W

Charles Sydney Smith (mayor)

Charles Sydney Smith (October 4, 1828 – August 12, 1907) was 16th mayor of Providence, Rhode Island 1889-1891.

East Bay Bike Path

The East Bay Bike Path is a 14.5-mile (23.3 km) paved rail trail in Rhode Island. The path begins at Providence and India Point Park, crosses the Seekonk River via the George Redman Linear Park (opened September 2015) and Washington Bridge and continues southeast to Bristol along the shoreline of Narragansett Bay. The path passes through the city of East Providence, the hamlet of Riverside, and the towns of Barrington and Warren. It is part of the East Coast Greenway, a 3,000-mile system of trails connecting the Canada–US border in Maine to Key West. and provides access to Haines State Park, Brickyard Pond (Barrington), and Colt State Park. It is used annually by 1.1 million people.

Ed Souza

Edward Souza-Neto (born September 22, 1921 in Fall River, Massachusetts; Died: May 19, 1979 in Warren, Rhode Island) was an American soccer player who earned at least 7 caps and scored 2 goals for the United States men's national soccer team, and played in the U.S. team's historic 1–0 victory over England in the 1950 FIFA World Cup. Souza was also a member of the U.S. team for the 1948 Summer Olympics. He played his club soccer with Fall River Ponta Delgada and New York German-Hungarian SC.

Souza was not related to his teammate John Souza.

Ephraim Willard Burr

Ephraim Willard Burr (1809–1894) was a businessman who served as the ninth mayor of San Francisco, California from 1856 to 1859.

Burr was born on March 7, 1809 in Warren, Rhode Island. As a young man, he worked for a whaling company which sent him west. After losing his crew while docked in San Francisco—many sailors were lured away by the prospect of finding gold during the Gold Rush—Burr stayed put and opened a grocery store. His family moved to California to be with him. The venture proved so successful that he opened California's first savings union, the San Francisco Accumulating Fund Association.

Full Channel

Full Channel is an American pay television and telecommunications provider set in Rhode Island. It is the third-largest cable television and Internet service provider in the state. Its wired communications network is available to the approximately 50,000 residents of Bristol County, Rhode Island. Full Channel's main office is at 57 Everett Street in Warren, Rhode Island, U.S.

Jo-Jo Morrissey

Joseph Anselm Morrissey (January 16, 1904 – May 2, 1950), nicknamed Jo-Jo, was a Major League Baseball infielder who played three seasons for the Cincinnati Reds and the Chicago White Sox from 1932 to 1936.

Kickamuit River

The Kickamuit River is a river in the U.S. states of Massachusetts and Rhode Island flowing approximately 7.9 miles (12.7 km).

Lizzie Murphy

Mary Elizabeth Murphy (April 13, 1894 – July 27, 1964), known as "The Queen of Baseball", was the first woman to play professional baseball, competing with male athletes in 1922. She played baseball for seventeen years as a first baseman; she also played on several all-star teams and was the first person of either sex to play on both American and National league baseball teams.

Mount Hope Bay raids

The Mount Hope Bay raids were a series of military raids conducted by British troops during the American Revolutionary War against communities on the shores of Mount Hope Bay on May 25 and 31, 1778. The towns of Bristol and Warren, Rhode Island were significantly damaged, and Freetown, Massachusetts (present-day Fall River) was also attacked, although its militia resisted British attacks more successfully. The British destroyed military defenses in the area, including supplies that had been cached by the Continental Army in anticipation of an assault on British-occupied Newport, Rhode Island. Homes as well as municipal and religious buildings were also destroyed in the raids.

On May 25, 500 British and Hessian soldiers, under orders from General Sir Robert Pigot, the commander of the British garrison at Newport, Rhode Island, landed between Bristol and Warren, destroyed boats and other supplies, and plundered Bristol. Local resistance was minimal and ineffective in stopping the British activities. Six days later, 100 soldiers descended on Freetown, where less damage was done because local defenders prevented the British from crossing a bridge.

National Register of Historic Places listings in Warren, Rhode Island

List of Registered Historic Places in Warren, Rhode Island, which has been transferred from and is an integral part of National Register of Historic Places listings in Bristol County, Rhode Island

This National Park Service list is complete through NPS recent listings posted May 10, 2019.

Our Lady of Fatima High School

Our Lady of Fatima High School (FATIMA) was a Catholic, co-educational school in Warren, RI, in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Providence.

Pat Abbruzzi

Pasquale "Pat" Abbruzzi, (August 29, 1932 – June 3, 1998) was an American college and professional Canadian football running back and a successful high school football coach. Abbruzzi played collegiately for the University of Rhode Island (Class of 1955), and professionally for the Canadian Football League Montreal Alouettes for four years (1955-1959).

St. Casimir Parish, Warren

St. Joseph Parish - designated for Polish immigrants in Warren, Rhode Island, United States.

Founded in 1905. It is one of the Polish-American Roman Catholic parishes in New England in the Diocese of Providence.

Thomas G. Turner

Thomas Goodwin Turner (October 24, 1810 – January 3, 1875) was an American politician and businessman who was the 26th Governor of Rhode Island from 1859 to 1860.

USS Heroic (AMc-84)

USS Heroic (AMc-84) was an Accentor-class coastal minesweeper acquired by the U.S. Navy for the dangerous task of removing mines from minefields laid in the water to prevent ships from passing.

Heroic, a wooden-hull coastal minesweeper, was launched 5 May 1941 by Warren Boat Yard, Inc., Warren, Rhode Island; sponsored by Miss Sybil E. Alder; and commissioned 25 March 1942, Lt. (j.g.) A. M. White in command.

USS Ideal (AMc-85)

USS Ideal (AMc-85) was an Accentor-class coastal minesweeper acquired by the U.S. Navy for the dangerous task of removing mines from minefields laid in the water to prevent ships from passing.

Ideal, a wooden-hulled coastal minesweeper, was laid down 4 June 1941 by Warren Boat Yard, Inc., Warren, Rhode Island, launched 20 September 1941; sponsored by Miss Edith C. Alder; and placed in service at Boston, Massachusetts, 24 April 1942.

Walter Felag

Walter S. Felag, Jr. (born February 15, 1954 in Fall River, Massachusetts) is an American politician and a Democratic member of the Rhode Island Senate representing District 10 since January 2003. Felag served consecutively from January 1999 until January 2003 in the District 46 seat.

Warren Waterfront Historic District

The Warren Waterfront Historic District encompasses the center of Warren, Rhode Island. It is bounded on the west by the Warren River, on the north roughly by Belcher Cove, on the east roughly by Federal and Main Streets, and on the south by Campbell Street. This area is a densely built residential, commercial, and civic area that has been the center of Warren since the mid-18th century. The town prospered in the 19th century, first as a whaling and shipbuilding center and later with industrial development. The district includes the town's major civic buildings, as well as a wide variety of housing in 19th century revival and Victorian styles. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1974, and enlarged in 2003.

William Bradford (Rhode Island politician)

William Bradford (November 4, 1729 – July 6, 1808) was a physician, lawyer, and politician, serving as United States Senator from Rhode Island and deputy governor of the state.

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