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Governor Augustus Osborn Bourn

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Office Dates:  May 29, 1883 - May 26, 1885

Born:  Oct 01, 1834

Passed:  Jan 28, 1925

Birth State:  Rhode Island

Party:  Republican

Family:  Married Elizabeth Roberts Morrill; five children

School(s):  Brown University

National Office(s) Served:  Ambassador

Military Service:  National Guard

AUGUSTUS OSBORN BOURN was born in Providence, Rhode Island. After graduating from Brown University, he went to work in his father’s rubber business, which he later took over after his father's death, incorporating it as the Providence Rubber Company. He also established the National Rubber Company with a large factory in Bristol, Rhode Island, ultimately merging it with the Providence Rubber Company. Bourn was a Lieutenant Colonel in the Rhode Island Cavalry. He represented Bristol in the state Senate for seven years prior to becoming governor. During his gubernatorial administration, a constitutional amendment—later known as the Bourn Amendment—was proposed to extend suffrage to naturalized citizens. After leaving office, Bourn served as U.S. Consul-General to Italy for four years.


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