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On the Monongahela and Ohio rivers at Pittsburgh, Walter Brown wins the American Single Sculls title.

U.S. Single Scull Championship Race, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, May 21, 1867, artist's impression.
05/21/1867

On a day of pouring rain, a reported 15,000 spectators watched Walter Brown of  Portland, Maine wrest the U.S. Single Sculls title away from Pittsburgh's James Hamill in a five mile race with an additional purse of $1000.  Starting just before four in the afternoon because of the weather, Brown led at the half-way point and finished in forty-seven minutes well ahead. Hamill claimed several fouls against Brown but the judges decided the race, the purse, and the title in Brown's favor. Hamill won the rematch against Brown at Newburgh, New York on September 9, 1867. (By John Osborne)

Source Citation: 

"Scull-Race at Pittsburgh," Harper's Weekly, June 8, 1867, p.364.
John J. Nutt (ed.), Newburgh: Her Institutions, Industries, and Leading Citizens.... (Newburgh, NY: Ritchie & Hull, 1891), 324-325.