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Rhode Island Democrats meet to nominate candidates for the May 1866 state elections.

Rhode Island, 1853
03/21/1866

Rhode Island Democrats met in their nominating convention the day after state Republicans had nominated General Ambrose E. Burnside for governor.  Some attending felt it futile to even nominate a ticket since the former Civil War hero was so popular but ultimately a slate headed by Lyman Pierce was chosen.  In the May election, as predicted, Pierce received 2,816 votes to Burnside's 8,197. (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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