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Samuel Walker McCall

Gov. Samuel Walker McCall

  • January 6, 1916 - January 2, 1919
  • Republican
  • February 28, 1851
  • November 4, 1923
  • Pennsylvania
  • Dartmouth College
  • Married Ella Esther Thompson; five children
  • Representative


SAMUEL W. McCALL the forty-ninth governor of Massachusetts, was born in East Providence, Pennsylvania on February 28, 1851. His education was attained at the Mount Carroll Seminary in Illinois, the New Hampton Literary and Biblical Institute in New Hampshire, and at Dartmouth College, where he graduated in 1874. He studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1875, and then established his legal career in Worcester and Boston. McCall also pursued a literary career, and became the editor-in-chief of the Boston Daily Advertiser. He entered politics as a member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives, a position he held from 1888 to 1889 and 1892. He also served as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from 1893 to 1913. In 1915, McCall secured the Republican gubernatorial nomination. He then went on to win election to the governorship on November 2, 1915. McCall was reelected to a second term in 1916, and to a third term in 1917. During his tenure, World War I had started and Massachusetts’s troops were organized for wartime service. After completing his term, McCall left office on January 2, 1919, retiring from political life. Governor Samuel w. McCall passed away on November 4, 1923, and was buried at the Wildwood Cemetery in Winchester, 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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