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William Cole Cozzens

Birthdate: (65)
Birthplace: Newport, Rhode Island, USA
Death: December 17, 1876 (65)
Newport, Rhode Island, USA
Immediate Family:

Son of Matthew Cozzens and Ann Cozzens
Husband of Martha Stanton Cozzens
Father of Henry William Cozzens; James Gould I Cozzens; Susan Gould Cozzens; Hannah Gould Cozzens; David Gould Cozzens and 1 other
Brother of Eliza Tew Goffe and George Cozzens

Occupation: Marchand, gouverneur, directeur de la Rhode Island Union Bank, 27th Gov. of Rhode Island (Mar 1863-May 1863)
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About William C. Cozzens, Governor

[From Historical Ncyclopedia of Illinois

By Newton Bateman, Paul Selby]: 



William Cole Cozzens (August 26, 1811 – December 17, 1876) was an American politician and the 28th Governor of Rhode Island.

Early life

Cozzens was born in Newport, Rhode Island on August 26, 1811.[1]

He married Martha Stanton Gould; the couple had five children. He was a successful dry goods businessman and President of the Rhode Island Union Bank.[2]

Political career

Cozzens was a Democrat. He was a mayor of Newport and represented Newport in both houses of the Rhode Island General Assembly. He was president of the state Senate and thus became governor of Rhode Island on March 3, 1863, when William Sprague resigned to become a US Senator. Cozzens ran in the next gubernatorial election, but lost to Republican James Y. Smith and left office on May 26, 1863. (Normally the lieutenant governor of Rhode Island would become governor in the event of the governor's resignation; however, at that time the office of lieutenant governor was vacant due to the resignation in December 1862 of Lieutenant Governor Samuel G. Arnold to become a United States Senator.)[3]


He died on December 17, 1876 and was interred at the Island Cemetery in Newport.[4]

His great-grandson, James Gould Cozzens, was a Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist.


   * Sobel, Robert and John Raimo. Biographical Directory of the Governors of the United States, 1789-1978. Greenwood Press, 1988. ISBN 0-313-28093-2
  1. ^ The Political Graveyard, Index to Politicians: Coxe to Cragun, Cozzens.
  2. ^ National Governors Association, Rhode Island Governor William Cole Cozzens.
  3. ^ National Governors Association, as above.
  4. ^ The Political Graveyard, as above.
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William C. Cozzens, Governor's Timeline

August 16, 1811
Newport, Rhode Island, USA
January 14, 1836
Age 24
Rhode Island, USA
June 1, 1836
Age 24
Age 30
Age 31
Rhode Island, USA
December 17, 1876
Age 65
Newport, Rhode Island, USA
Rhode Island, USA