US Congressman, Senator. Represented MA’s 1st District in the United States House of Representatives on two different occasions. First elected to the seat to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Congressman Abbott Lawrence, serving from 1840 to 1842. In May 1842 he resigned his seat, but was again elected to it in November of that year when his successor, Congressman Nathan Appleton, resigned himself. He served his 2nd term from 1842 to 1850, and was the Speaker of the US House of Representatives from 1847 to 1849. In 1850 he again resigned, having been appointed as a Senator from Massachusetts in the United States Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Senator Daniel Webster (who Robert Winthrop had studied law underwhile a young man). Served in the Senate from 1850 to 1851. He unsuccessfully ran for Governor of Massachusetts after his time in the Senate ended.
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