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On the Hudson River off Poughkeepsie, New York, a boat race for a purse of $6000 ends in controversy

Boat Race on the Hudson River, New York for $6000 prize, July 18, 1965, artist's impression
07/18/1865
A well-attended four-oar boat race between the crews of the Thomas Collyer of New York City and the Floyd Fields of Poughkeepsie, New York for a purse of $6000 was held on the Hudson River near Poughkeepsie. The race ended in controversy when the New York boat won but was charged with a foul.  The match referee, under severe intimidation from near-rioting New York City visitors, upheld the victory.  (By John Osborne) 
Source Citation: 
"Disturbances in Poughkeepsie," Sacramento Daily Union, August 24, 1865, p. 2.