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Civil War Slavery Senator Mass Speaker House Autograph Letter Signed Winthrop For Sale
Robert Charles Winthrop (1809 - 1894) Important 19th Century United States Senator and Whig
Congressman from Massachusetts, Graduated from Harvard University in 1828; Studied law with Daniel
Webster and Served as Speaker of the House of Representatives during the Thirtieth U.S. Congress!
Here's an Autograph Letter Signed by Robt. C. Winthrop, August 18, 1869, 2 pp. on his personal blind
embossed "W" letterhead, to Benson J. Lossing (1813-1891), an editor, engraver, writer, and prolific American historian whose career spanned much of the 19th century. In this letter, Winthrop thanks Lossing for a copy of his "Pictorial Field Book of the War of 1812, and that he will place it in his library by Lossing's Field Book of the Revolution... [The ALS comes with an
original 19th century engraving of Winthrop, and the original transmittal envelope cover.]
After Winthrop's friend and collegue, Daniel Webster resigned to become Secretary of State in
1850, Winthrop resigned from the House and was appointed by fellow Whig Governor George Briggs to
fill the remainder of Webster's Senate term. Winthrop's views on slavery proved no more palatable
to abolitionists than did Webster's, and he failed to win reelection by the Legislature to either
of Massachusetts' Senate seats in 1851. Later that year, Winthrop actually won a popular plurality
in the race for Massachusetts Governor but as the state Constitution required a majority, the
election was thrown into the Legislature and the same coalition of Democrats and Free Soilers
defeated him again.
The letter measures 5" x 8" and is in FINE CONDITION!
AN IMPORTANT ADDITION TO YOUR 19th CENTURY/CIVIL WAR ERA ABOLITIONIST POLITICAL HISTORY AUTOGRAPH & MANUSCRIPT
<:=:> BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH OF THE HONORABLE ROBERT CHARLES WINTHROP <:=:>
[NOTE: This period photograph of Winthrop is NOT included with the Autograph.]
Robert Charles Winthrop (May 12, 1809 – November 16, 1894) was an American lawyer and
philanthropist and one time Speaker of the United States House of Representatives.
He was born in Boston, Massachusetts to Thomas Lindall Winthrop (March 6, 1760 – February 22,
1841) and wife (m. July 25, 1786) Elizabeth Bowdoin Temple (October 23, 1769 – July 23, 1825),
attended the prestigious Boston Latin School, and graduated from Harvard University in 1828.
On March 12, 1832, he married Elizabeth Cabot Blanchard (May 27, 1809 – June 14, 1842), daughter
of Francis Blanchard (baptised February 1, 1784 – age estimated 29 at death, June 26, 1813) and
wife (m. August 29, 1808) Mary Ann Cabot (baptised May 9, 1784 – July 25, 1809), with whom he had
After studying law with Daniel Webster he was admitted to the bar in 1831 and practiced in Boston.
He served in the Massachusetts House of Representatives from 1835 to 1840, and served as Speaker
of the House of that body from 1838 to 1840.
Winthrop was elected US Representative from Massachusetts as a Whig to the 26th United States
Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Abbott Lawrence; he was reelected to the
27th Congress and served from November 9, 1840, to May 25, 1842, when he resigned. He was
subsequently elected to the 27th Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of his
successor, Nathan Appleton; he was reelected to the 28th and to the three succeeding Congresses
and served from November 29, 1842 until to July 30, 1850, and served as the Speaker of the House
during the 30th Congress.
After Daniel Webster resigned to become Secretary of State in 1850, Winthrop resigned from the
House and was appointed by fellow Whig Governor George Briggs to fill the remainder of Webster's
Senate term. Winthrop's views proved no more palatable to abolitionists than did Webster's, and he
failed to win reelection by the Legislature to either of Massachusetts' Senate seats in 1851.
Later that year, Winthrop actually won a popular plurality in the race for Massachusetts Governor
but as the state Constitution required a majority, the election was thrown into the Legislature
and the same coalition of Democrats and Free Soilers defeated him again. His final venture into
elected political office was as a presidential elector on the Whig ticket in 1852. Afterwards,
Winthrop became an independent, unsuccessfully supporting Millard Fillmore, John Bell, and George
With his political career over at the young age of 41, Winthrop spent the remainder of his life in
literary, historical, and philanthropic pursuits. He was a major early patron of the Boston Public
Library and president of the Massachusetts Historical Society from 1855 to 1885, during which time
he wrote a biography of his ancestor John Winthrop. He served as the president of the
Massachusetts Bible Society for several years where he advocated that Christian morality was the
necessary condition of a free society. His most notable contributions came as permanent Chairman
and President of the Peabody Education Fund Trustees, which he served from 1867 to his death. As
well as steering the contributions of the Peabody Trust, Winthrop gave his own money to various
Southern schools, the most long lasting of which was the $1500 of seed money provided to a
teacher's college that renamed itself Winthrop University in gratitude. He became a noted orator,
delivering the eulogy for George Peabody in 1870 and at the ceremony that opened the Washington
Monument in 1884.
He died in Boston in 1894, and is interred in Mount Auburn Cemetery, Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Winthrop is a great-great-grandfather of United States Senator and 2004 Democratic Presidential
candidate John Kerry, and a seventh generation descendant of the founding governor the
Massachusetts Bay Colony, John Winthrop.
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