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Winthrop Murray Crane


In office
January 4, 1900 – January 8, 1903
Lieutenant John L. Bates
Preceded by Roger Wolcott
Succeeded by John L. Bates

In office
October 12, 1904 – March 3, 1913
Preceded by George F. Hoar
Succeeded by John W. Weeks

In office
1897 – 1900
Governor Roger Wolcott
Preceded by Roger Wolcott
Succeeded by John L. Bates

Born April 23, 1853(1853-04-23)
Died October 2, 1920
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Mary Benner 1880-1884
Josephine Porter Boardman (1884-1920)
Children Winthrop Murray Crane II
Stephen Crane
Bruce Crane
Louise Crane

Winthrop Murray Crane (April 23, 1853 – October 2, 1920) was a U.S. political figure. He served as 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 II. 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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Political offices
Preceded by
Roger Wolcott
Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts
1897–1900
Succeeded by
John L. Bates
Preceded by
Roger Wolcott
Governor of Massachusetts
1900–1903
Succeeded by
John L. Bates
United States Senate
Preceded by
George Frisbie Hoar
United States Senator (Class 2) from Massachusetts
1904–1913
Served alongside: Henry Cabot Lodge
Succeeded by
John W. Weeks
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