William C. Cozzens
|William Cole Cozzens|
|28th Governor of Rhode Island|
March 3, 1863 – May 26, 1863
|Preceded by||William Sprague IV|
|Succeeded by||James Y. Smith|
|3rd Mayor of Newport, Rhode Island|
|Preceded by||George Henry Calvert|
|Succeeded by||William J. Swinburne|
August 26, 1811|
Newport, Rhode Island
|Died||December 17, 1876(aged 65)|
|Resting place||Island Cemetery, Newport|
|Spouse(s)||Martha Stanton Gould|
William Cole Cozzens (August 26, 1811 – December 17, 1876) was an American politician and the 28th Governor of Rhode Island.
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.
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.)
- Sobel, Robert and John Raimo. Biographical Directory of the Governors of the United States, 1789–1978. Greenwood Press, 1988. ISBN 0-313-28093-2
- The Political Graveyard, Index to Politicians: Coxe to Cragun, Cozzens.
- National Governors Association profile of Governor Cozzens
- National Governors Association, as above.
- The Political Graveyard, as above.
William Sprague IV
| Governor of Rhode Island
James Y. Smith