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Leverett Saltonstall
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Birth Date:September 1, 1892
Astrology Sign:Virgo
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Died Date:June 17, 1979

Occupation:US Politician

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Leverett Saltonstall

Biography:Leverett Saltonstall (September 1, 1892 - June 17, 1979) was an American politician who served as Governor of Massachusetts (1939 - 1945) and as a United States Senator (1945 - 1967).

Saltonstall was born in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts and was a longtime summer resident of Vinalhaven, Maine. As an adult he spent winters on his family estate in Dover, Massachusetts.

Part of the Boston Brahmin Saltonstall family, he was able to trace his ancestral roots to the Mayflower, the Pilgrims and the Massachusetts Bay Colony, Saltonstall was the tenth generation in direct descent to graduate from Harvard and the great-grandson of a U.S. Congressman of the same name.

A graduate of the private Noble & Greenough School, he graduated from Harvard College in 1914, where he was captain of the Junior Varsity crew that won the prestigious Grand Challenge Cup at the Henley Royal Regatta - the first American crew ever to do so - and Harvard Law School in 1917. Prior to being admitted to the bar, he served as a first lieutenant in the United States Army during World War I from 1917 to 1919.

Saltonstall, a Republican, entered politics as an alderman in Newton, Massachusetts from 1920 to 1922, while simultaneously serving as an assistant district attorney of Middlesex County from 1921 to 1922. He was elected to the Massachusetts House of Representatives that same year, where he rose to the position of Speaker of the House from 1929 to 1937. In 1936, he was defeated for Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts, but made a political comeback two years later when he was elected Governor of Massachusetts, a position he held for three terms from 1939 to 1945.

During that period, Governor Saltonstall mediated a Teamsters strike, reduced taxes, and retired 90 percent of the state's debt. He served as President of the National Governor's Association from 1943 to 1944.

In 1944, he was elected to the United States Senate in a special election to fill the unexpired term created by the resignation of U.S. Senator Henry Cabot Lodge, Jr. He was re-elected three times to the U.S. Senate, serving from 1945 to 1967. During his tenure in the Senate, he served as the Senate Republican Whip and on five influential Senate committees. He also served as the chair of the Senate Republican Conference, 1957 - 1966.

The legendary, but anti-Protestant, James Michael Curley once described Saltonstall as having a "Harvard accent with a South Boston face." Though the remark was intended as a political jab, it resonated with truth, as Saltonstall had an uncanny ability to blend his aristocratic lineage with a personable charm which greatly appealed to the average worker and the common man.

Leverett Saltonstall died in 1979 aged 86, and is buried in Harmony Grove Cemetery in Salem, Massachusetts.

Preceded by: Charles F. Hurley Governor of Massachusetts 1939 - 1945 Succeeded by: Maurice J. Tobin Preceded by: Sinclair Weeks U.S. Senator (Class 2) from Massachusetts 1945-1967 Served alongside: David I. Walsh, Henry Cabot Lodge, Jr., John F. Kennedy, Benjamin A. Smith II, Ted Kennedy Succeeded by: Edward Brooke Preceded by: Scott Lucas Senate Minority Whip 1951 - 1953 Succeeded by: Earle C. Clements Preceded by: Lyndon B. Johnson Senate Majority Whip 1953 - 1955 Succeeded by: Earle C. Clements Preceded by: Earle C. Clements Senate Minority Whip 1955 - 1957 Succeeded by: Everett McKinley Dirksen

Governors of Massachusetts Colony: Endicott • Winthrop • T Dudley • Haynes • Vane • Winthrop • T Dudley • Bellingham • Winthrop • Endicott • T Dudley • Winthrop • Endicott • T Dudley • Endicott • Bellingham • Endicott • Bellingham • Leverett • Bradstreet | Dominion: J Dudley • Andros • Bradstreet | Province: W Phips • Stoughton • Coote • Stoughton • Governor's Council • Dudley • Tailer • Shute • Dummer • Burnet • Dummer • Tailer • Belcher • Shirley • S Phips • Shirley • S Phips • Pownall • Hutchinson • Bernard • Hutchinson • Gage | Commonwealth: Hancock • Cushing • Bowdoin • Hancock • Adams •

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Birthday: September 1, 1892

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Birthday: September 1, 2017

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