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Burrington Anthony House

  • 138 Atwells Avenue
  • Providence, RI 02903

This Federal-style house was the headquarters of a political revolution. Burrington Anthony was a supporter of Thomas Wilson Dorr’s campaign to expand voting rights. At that time, only white men of property could vote, disenfranchising much of the state. In May 1842, Dorr came to this house a pretender-governor. Raided cannons were positioned in the middle of the avenue. Bells across the city tolled the alarm, but Dorr’s cannon fizzled, and so did his revolution. Dorr was tried for treason and imprisoned, but ultimately pardoned. A new state constitution expanded the franchise but retained restrictions, particularly targeting foreign-born citizens.