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Christopher Gore

Gov. Christopher Gore

  • May 1, 1809 - June 10, 1810
  • Federalist
  • September 21, 1758
  • March 1, 1827
  • Massachusetts
  • Harvard University
  • Married Rebecca Payne
  • Senator, Ambassador


CHRISTOPHER GORE, the seventh governor of Massachusetts, was born in Boston, Massachusetts on September 21, 1758. His education was attained at Harvard University, where he graduated in 1776. He studied law, and then established his legal career in Boston. Gore entered politics in 1788, serving as a member of the Massachusetts Constitutional Convention. He also served as a member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives from 1788 to 1789, was the U.S. attorney for the district of Massachusetts from 1789 to 1796, and served as commissioner to England from 1796 to 1803. He was the charge d’ affaires at London from 1803 to 1804, was a member of the Massachusetts State Senate from 1806 to 1807, and served again in the Massachusetts House of Representatives in 1808. Gore won election to the Massachusetts governorship on April 3, 1809. He was sworn into office on May 1, 1809. During his tenure, the state’s economy was strengthened after the embargo act was eliminated. Also, a trade agreement was initiated that opened trade routes with England. After running unsuccessfully for reelection, Gore left office on June 10, 1810. He later served in the U.S. Senate from 1813 to 1816, and was a presidential elector in 1816. Governor Christopher Gore passed away on March 1, 1827, and was buried in the Granary Burying Ground in Boston, Massachusetts.


Sobel, Robert, and John Raimo, eds. Biographical Directory of the Governors of the United States, 1789-1978, Vol. 2, Westport, Conn.; Meckler Books, 1978. 4 vols.

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