U.S. Congressman, U.S. Senator, Massachusetts Governor. He attended Leicester Academy, graduated from Yale College in 1812, studied law, was admitted to the bar and commenced to practice law in Worcester, Massachusetts. He was elected as a open candidate to the Nineteenth Congress and to the next four succeeding Congresses, serving (1825-34), when he was elected the 14th Governor of Massachusetts, serving (1834-35). In 1835, he was elected as an Anti-Jacksonian to the United States Senate, serving until 1841. After his term, he was again the 17th Governor of Massachusetts, serving (1841-43). In 1845, he was elected as a Whig to the United States Senate, to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Isaac C. Bates, was reelected in 1847 and served until 1853. Among the founders of the State Mutual Life Assurance Company in 1844, after leaving politics he served as its president of the company until his death at age 67.
Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith