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Augustus Osborn Bourn
Rhode Island

Gov. Augustus Osborn Bourn

  • May 29, 1883 - May 26, 1885
  • Republican
  • October 1, 1834
  • January 28, 1925
  • Rhode Island
  • Brown University
  • Married Elizabeth Roberts Morrill; five children
  • Ambassador
  • 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.


Mohr, Ralph S. Governors for Three Hundred Years (1638-1954): Rhode Island and Providence Plantations.State of Rhode Island, Graves Registration Committee, August 1954.

The National Cyclopaedia of American Biography, Vol. 9. New York: James T. White & Company.

Sobel, Robert, and John Raimo, eds. Biographical Directory of the Governors of the United States, 1789-1978, Vol. 4. Westport, CT: Meckler Books, 1978. 4 vols.

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