Stephen Hopkins

(1707—1785) revolutionary politician in America

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(1707–85), governor of Rhode Island and signer of the Declaration of Independence, contributed to the Revolutionary cause an important pamphlet, The Rights of Colonies Examined (1765), that studied problems of parliamentary authority and justified the colonial attitude toward England's policy. To counteract it, Martin Howard wrote A Letter from a Gentleman in Halifax to His Friend in Rhode Island (1765).

From The Oxford Companion to American Literature in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Literature.

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