Rhode Island

Signer of the Declaration of Independence from Rhode Island; 1727 - 1820.
Continental Army general; key to winning the war in the South; 1742—86.
American painter of quintessential portraits, including George Washington; 1755—1828.

In the fall of 1775 Congress chose brown as the original color for the national uniform. In October 1778, however, France sent uniforms with a predominance of blue coats (although there were also brown), and so on 2 October 1779 Congress switched to blue as the official color.

Michael Stephenson
Patriot Battles: How the War of Independence Was Fought (2007)