Going Back in Time in Rhode Island By klatkovic Jan 1, 1636 Rhode Island is Established Roger Williams establishes Rhode Island. Jan 1, 1790 Becoming a State Rhode Island becomes the thirteenth state to ratify the U.S Constitution. Jan 1, 1793 The First Mechanized Textile Mill In Rhode Island, Samuel Slater opens the first Mechanized Textile Mill ever to be built. Jan 1, 1888 Changing The Law The Law is changed so that immigrants can vote in statewide elections without owning any property. Jan 1, 1978 Regaining Land! The Narragansett Indians regain their Land. Jan 1, 2006 Winning a Lawsuit Rhode Island becomes the first stae to win a lawsuit against companies that made dangerous led paint.