Frederick Octavius Prince

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Frederick Octavius Prince

Birthplace: Boston, MA, United States
Death: June 06, 1899 (81)
Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, United States
Place of Burial: Cambridge, MA, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Thomas Job Prince and Caroline Prince
Husband of Helen Susan Prince
Father of Gordon Prince; Charles Albert Prince; Morton Prince; Helen Susan Prince; Frederick Henry Prince, Sr. and 1 other

Occupation: Mayor of Boston
Managed by: Guillaume de Ramel
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About Frederick Octavius Prince

Frederick Octavius Prince was an American lawyer, politician, and mayor of Boston, Massachusetts.

He was the father of financier Frederick H. Prince.

Frederick Prince was born in Boston, Massachusetts on January 18, 1818, the son of Thomas J. and Caroline Prince. He was educated at Boston Latin School and graduated from Harvard College in 1836. He studied law at the office of Dexter & Gardiner and was admitted to the bar in 1840. He engaged in politics as a member of the Whig Party.

In 1848, Prince married Helen Henry and took residence in Winchester, Massachusetts. They had five sons and one daughter.

Prince was elected to the Massachusetts House of Representatives in 1851 and served for three years. He was a prominent participant in the Massachusetts Constitutional Convention of 1853. In 1854, he was elected to the Massachusetts Senate.

Prince joined the Democratic Party after the Whig Party dissolved in 1860. He was a delegate to the 1860 Democratic National Convention and was elected secretary of the convention. He served as secretary until 1888. In 1876, Prince was elected Mayor of Boston, serving in 1877. He was defeated for re-election that year, but returned to office in 1879, serving until 1881.

After serving as mayor, Prince became a trustee of the Boston Public Library and served as president of its board of trustees for 11 years. During his trusteeship, he advocated and oversaw the construction of the library's McKim Building in Copley Square.

Prince was the Democratic nominee for Governor of Massachusetts in 1885 and 1896, losing both times.

Frederick Prince died in Boston on June 6, 1899.

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Frederick Octavius Prince's Timeline

January 18, 1818
Boston, MA, United States
Age 30
Winchester, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, United States
Age 33
Age 35
Age 38
Age 40
June 6, 1899
Age 81
Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, United States
Cambridge, MA, United States