Winthrop M. Crane, Governor, U.S. Senator

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Winthrop Murray Crane

Death: Died
Immediate Family:

Son of Zenas Marshall Crane and Louise Frances "Fanny" Crane
Husband of Mary Crane and Josephine Porter Crane
Father of Louise Crane
Brother of Kate Frances Richards

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About Winthrop M. Crane, Governor, U.S. Senator

Governor (1900-02) and Senator (1904-1913), Massachusetts.

Winthrop Murray Crane (April 23, 1853 – October 2, 1920) was a U.S. political figure. He served as the 40th Governor of Massachusetts between 1900 and 1903. He also served as a United States Senator from Massachusetts from 1904 until 1913. He was a Republican.

Son of Zenas Marshall Crane and Louise Fanny Laflin, Winthrop was a leading member of the Crane family of Dalton, Massachusetts, owners of the privately held Crane Paper Company, sole suppliers of the paper for the Federal Reserve Notes, the currency of the United States.

In 1880 he married Mary Benner, who died in 1884 giving birth to their only child, Winthrop Murray Crane I]. In 1906, Crane married Josephine Porter Boardman, 20 years his junior, from a politically well-connected family. They had three children: Stephen, Bruce, and poet Louise Crane.

He was hosting President Theodore Roosevelt in Pittsfield, Massachusetts on September 3, 1902 when a speeding trolley car rammed into the open-air horse carriage carrying Roosevelt. The accident killed the president's Secret Service agent, William Craig.


From official Congressional bio: 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.

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April 23, 1853
Age 26
Age 52
Age 59
October 2, 1920
Age 67