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Massachusetts: Secretaries of State


Massachusetts Secretaries of State, 1780-2013 (May be incomplete!)
John Avery 1780-1806 Jonathan L. Austin 1806-08 William Tudor 1808-10 Benjamin Homans 1810-12 Alden Bradford 1812-24 Edward D. Bangs 1824-36 John P. Bigelow 1836-43 John A. Bolles 1843-44 John G. Palfrey 1844-48 William B. Calhoun 1848-51 Amasa Walker 1851-53 Ephraim M. Wright 1853-56 Francis DeWitt 1856-58 Oliver Warner 1858-76 Henry B. Peirce 1876-91 William M. Olin 1891-1911 Albert P. Langtry 1911-13 Frank J. Donahue 1913-15 Albert P. Langtry 1915-21 Frederic W. Cook 1921-49 Edward J. Cronin 1949-58 J. Henry Goguen 1958-59 Joseph D. Ward 1959-61 Kevin H. White 1961-67 John F. X. Davoren 1967-74 Paul H. Guzzi 1975-79 Michael J. Connolly 1979-94 William F. Galvin 1995-

Events and Candidates (may be incomplete!)

  • 1892: Charles Sumner Hamlin (Dem), defeated.
  • 1894: Wilbert D. Farnham (Prohibition), defeated.
  • 1898: Henry A. Inman (Prohibition), defeated.
  • 1904 Nov 8: William M. Olin (Rep), elected; Henry B. Little (Dem), defeated; Charles C. Hitchcock (Socialist), defeated; James A. Bresnahan (Socialist Labor), defeated; Fannie J. Clary (Prohibition), defeated.
  • 1905 Nov 7: William M. Olin (Rep), elected; Henry B. Little (Dem), defeated; Charles C. Hitchcock (Socialist), defeated; Jonathan S. Lewis (Prohibition), defeated; Moritz E. Ruther (Socialist Labor), defeated.
  • 1911 Apr 15: William M. Olin, died in office.
  • 1922 Nov 7: Frederic W. Cook (Rep), elected; Charles H. McGlue (Dem), defeated; Albert S. Coolidge (Socialist), defeated; James Hayes (Socialist Labor), defeated.
  • 1948 Nov 2: Edward J. Cronin (Dem), elected; Frederic W. Cook (Rep), defeated; Gote E. Palmquist (Socialist Labor), defeated.
  • 1956: Earl F. Dodge (Prohibition), defeated.
  • 1958 Nov 4: Edward J. Cronin (Dem), elected; Marion Curran Boch (Rep), defeated; Fred M. Ingersoll (Socialist Labor), defeated; Julia B. Kohler (Prohibition), defeated.
  • 1958 Nov 24: Edward J. Cronin, died in office.
  • 1960: Edward W. Brooke (Rep), defeated.
  • 1960 Nov 8: Kevin H. White (Dem), elected.
  • 1964 Nov 3: Kevin H. White (Dem), elected.
  • 1967 Dec 20: Kevin H. White, resigned.
  • 1990: Barbara Ahern (Independent Hi-Tech), defeated.
  • 2002 Nov 5: William F. Galvin (Dem), elected; Jack E. Robinson III (Rep), defeated.
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