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In state elections, Rhode Island Republicans score huge victories and elect Ambrose Burnside governor.

Massachusetts and Rhode Island, 1857, zoomable map
05/05/1866

Rhode Island state elections saw dominant victories for the Republicans over their Democratic opposition.  Former Union general Ambrose Everett Burnside was elected over Lyman Pierce with three quarters of the ballots cast and Republicans retained control of the state legislature with large majorities. They now held twenty-eight of the thirty-three seats in the Senate and dominated the lower House sixty-five seats to seven.  Burnside was inaugurated as governor with impressive ceremony just over three weeks later.  (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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