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Winthrop M. Crane

Winthrop M Crane
Personal data
Date of birthApril 23, 1853
Place of birthDalton, Massachusetts
Date of deathOctober 2, 1920(age 67)
Place of deathDalton, Massachusetts
Political partyRepublican
SpouseMary Benner 1880-1884
Josephine Porter Boardman (1884-1920)
ChildrenWinthrop Murray Crane II
Stephen Crane
Bruce Crane
Louise Crane
40th Governor of Massachusetts
In officeJanuary 4, 1900 - January 8, 1903
LieutenantJohn L. Bates
Succeeded byJohn L. Bates
Preceded byRoger Wolcott
United States Senator
from Massachusetts
In officeOctober 12, 1904 - March 4, 1913
Succeeded byJohn W. Weeks
Preceded byGeorge F. Hoar
37th Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts
In office1897 - 1900
GovernorRoger Wolcott
Succeeded byJohn L. Bates
Preceded byRoger Wolcott

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Winthrop Murray Crane (April 23, 1853 - October 2, 1920) was a U.S. political figure. He served as the 40th Governor of Massachusetts between 1900 and 1903. He also served as a United States Senator from Massachusetts from 1904 until 1913. He was a Republican.

Son of Zenas Marshall Crane and Louise Fanny Laflin, Winthrop was a leading member of the Crane family of Dalton, Massachusetts, owners of the privately held Crane Paper Company, sole suppliers of the paper for the Federal Reserve Notes, the currency of the United States.

In 1880 he married Mary Benner, who died in 1884 giving birth to their only child, Winthrop Murray Crane I]. In 1906, Crane married Josephine Porter Boardman, 20 years his junior, from a politically well-connected family. They had three children: Stephen, Bruce, and poet Louise Crane.

He was hosting President Theodore Roosevelt in Pittsfield, Massachusetts on September 3, 1902 when a speeding trolley car rammed into the open-air horse carriage carrying Roosevelt. The accident killed the president's Secret Service agent, William Craig.

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