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

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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