Augustus O. Bourn, Governor

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Augustus Osborn Bourn

Birthdate: (90)
Birthplace: Providence, RI, USA
Death: January 28, 1925 (90)
Immediate Family:

Son of George Osborn Bourn and Huldah Batty Eddy
Husband of Elizabeth Robarts Morrill
Father of Augustus Osborn Bourn, Jr.; George Osborn Bourn; Elizabeth Robarts Bourn; Alice Mansfield Wentworth Bourn and Stephen Wentworth Bourn
Brother of Emma Elliott Bourn and Rachel Bourn

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About Augustus O. Bourn, Governor

Augustus Osborn Bourn (October 1, 1834 – January 28, 1925) was an American politician and the 36th Governor of Rhode Island.

Early life

Bourn was born in Providence, Rhode Island, on October 1, 1834. He was the son of George O. Bourn and Huldah B. (Eddy) Bourn and married Elizabeth R. Morrill February 24, 1863. He and his wife had five children. He graduated from Brown University and later established a successful career in Rubber business, where he started in his father's company. He continued the business after his father's death and incorporated it as the Providence Rubber Company. He also founded the National Rubber Company, which later merged with the former company. He was also a Lieutenant Colonel in the Rhode Island Cavalry.

Political career

Bourn was a Republican and was member of the Rhode Island State Senate in 1876-83 and again in 1886-88. He held the governor's office from May 29, 1883 to May 26, 1885. During his administration, a constitutional amendment was proposed to extend suffrage to naturalized citizens. He was the author of this amendment. Later this constitutional amendment became well known as the Bourn Amendment.

Bourn was an active member of the Freemasons.

Later years

Bourn was Consul General in Rome for the USA in 1889-93.

He died on January 28, 1925 and was buried at Swan Point Cemetery in Providence.

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Augustus O. Bourn, Governor's Timeline

October 1, 1834
Providence, RI, USA
May 5, 1865
Age 30
Providence, RI, USA
January 6, 1874
Age 39
January 6, 1874
Age 39
August 5, 1875
Age 40
April 15, 1877
Age 42
Bristol, RI, USA
January 28, 1925
Age 90