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Nelson Viall

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Image of a portrait of Nelson Viall (Warden of the Rhode Island State Prison) from the Members of the State Board of Charities & Corrections of the State of Rhode Island album.

Nelson Viall was born in Plainfield, Connecticut in 1827. He served in the Mexican War and Civil War. He was commander of the 14th Regiment of R.I. Heavy Artillery, a "colored regiment." He returned to Rhode Island and served as a Representative in the General Assembly. He was the first Providence Police Chief and then for 36 years was Warden of the Rhode Island State Prison. He died May 1, 1903 in Howard, R.I. of a kidney infection.
Source: Rhode Island Historical Society- Manuscripts Division: Nelson Viall Papers

See also:
Warden's Correspondences, 1878-1911, with gaps

Rhode Island Historical Society- Manuscripts Division: Nelson Viall Papers

Source

C#00345

Publisher

Rhode Island State Archives

Date

1880

Rights

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Language

eng

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engraving

Citation

Rhode Island. Board of Charities and Corrections (1789-1917), "Nelson Viall," in Virtual Exhibits, Item #193, http://sos.ri.gov/virtualarchives/items/show/193 (accessed July 24, 2014).