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Winthrop Murray CRANE

(1853-1920)
Senate Years of Service:
1904-1913
Party:
Republican

CRANE, Winthrop Murray, a Senator from Massachusetts; born in Dalton, Mass., April 23, 1853; attended the public schools of Dalton, Wilbraham Academy, Wilbraham, Mass., and Williston Seminary, Easthampton, Mass.; engaged in the manufacture of paper at Dalton; lieutenant governor of Massachusetts 1897-1899; Governor 1900-1902; appointed Secretary of the Treasury by President Theodore Roosevelt in 1902, but declined; appointed and subsequently elected as a Republican to the United States Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the death of George F. Hoar; reelected in 1907 and served from October 12, 1904, to March 3, 1913; declined to be a candidate for reelection in 1912; chairman, Committee on Canadian Relations (Fifty-ninth and Sixtieth Congresses), Committee on Rules (Sixty-first and Sixty-second Congresses); resumed his former business pursuits; died in Dalton, Mass., October 2, 1920; interment in Dalton Cemetery.

Bibliography

American National Biography; Dictionary of American Biography; Griffin, Solomon B. W. Murray Crane, A Man and Brother. Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1926; Johnson, Carolyn. Winthrop Murray Crane: A Study in Republican Leadership, 1892-1920. Northampton, Mass.: Smith College, 1967.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present

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