Thomas Wilson Dorr


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Thomas Wilson DorrDorr, THOMAS WILSON, politician; born in Providence, R. I., Nov. 5, 1805; graduated at Harvard in 1823; studied law with Chancellor Kent; and began its practice in 1827. He is chiefly conspicuous in American history as the chosen governor of what was called the " Suffrage party," and attempted to take the place of what was deemed to be the legal State government (see RHODE ISLAND). He was tried for and convicted of high treason, and sentenced to imprisonment for life in 1842, but was pardoned in 1847; and in 1853 the legislature restored to him his civil rights and ordered the record of his sentence to be expunged. He lived to see his party triumph. He died in Providence, Dec. 27, 1854.




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