Meet the some of people who changed Woonsocket's history.
- Samuel Slater - Began the American Industrial Revolution with the construction of the first successful textile mill on the Blackstone River in Pawtucket in 1793.
- James Arnold - Owner of much of Woonsocket in the early nineteenth century.
- Dexter Ballou - A Woonsocket textile pioneer.
- George C. Ballou - Another early textile pioneer and owner of the Globe Mill.
- Edward Harris - Woonsocket's leading nineteenth century industrialist.
- Willis and Lyman Cook - Owners of the Woonsocket Foundry
- Aram Pothier - Financier, community leader and one of Rhode Island's longest serving Governors.
- Walter F. Fontaine - Woonsocket's most important architect.
- Franco-Belgian Industrialists - By the early twentieth century, the "French Mills" were some of the largest and most important in Woonsocket
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