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Rhode Island Republicans nominate Union General Ambrose Burnside for governor.

Ambrose Everett Burnside, detail
03/20/1866

Rhode Island Republicans met in Providence to nominate candidates for the upcoming elections.  Former Union General Ambrose Burnside was such a popular choice for governor that the one hundred and seven delegates fought for the honor to propose him formally and he was chosen by acclamation. William Green was nominated for lieutenant-governor.  The states elections took place on April 4, 1866 and Burnside was elected with a massive majority, 8,197 votes to 2,816. (By John Osborne)

Source Citation: 

"Rhode Island," The American Cyclopedia and Register of Important Events of the Year 1866 (New York: D. Appleton and Company, 1873), 670.

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