Eugene Noble Foss (1858 - 1939)

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About Eugene Noble Foss

Eugene Noble Foss (September 24, 1858 – September 13, 1939), was an American Representative and the 45th Governor of Massachusetts, as well as brother of George Edmund Foss.


Born in West Berkshire, near St. Albans, Vermont, he attended the public schools, Franklin County Academy at St. Albans, and the University of Vermont. He settled in Boston, Massachusetts in 1882 working in the manufacture of iron and steel.

He was elected as a Democrat to the Sixty-first United States Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the death of William C. Lovering and served from March 22, 1910 until his resignation, effective January 4, 1911, having been elected Governor of Massachusetts. He served from 1911 to 1914.

He denied clemency for Clarence Richeson for the sensationalized murder of Avis Linell.

He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection as Governor in 1913. Afterwards he resumed his former manufacturing pursuits and managed his large real estate holdings in Boston. He died in Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts on September 13, 1939 and is interned in Forest Hills Cemetery.


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