William C. Lovering

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William Croad Lovering
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William C. Lovering circa 1908 [1]
Member of the
U.S. House of Representatives
from Massachusetts
In office
March 4, 1897 February 4, 1910
Preceded by Elijah A. Morse (12th)
14th District reissued in 1903 [2]
Succeeded by Samuel L. Powers (12th)
Eugene Foss (14th)
Constituency 12th district (1897–1903)
14th district (1903–10)
Member of the
Massachusetts Senate [1]
In office
Delegate to the 1880 Republican National Convention [3]
In office
Personal details
Born(1835-02-25)February 25, 1835
Woonsocket, Rhode Island
DiedFebruary 4, 1910(1910-02-04) (aged 74)
Washington, D.C.
Political party Republican
ResidenceTaunton, MA
Alma mater Hopkins Classical School, Cambridge High School [1]
OccupationCotton Manufacturer [1]
Military service
Branch/service Union Army
Battles/wars American Civil War

William Croad Lovering (February 25, 1835 – February 4, 1910) was a U.S. Representative from Massachusetts.

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Born in Woonsocket, Rhode Island, Lovering moved with his parents to Taunton, Massachusetts, in 1837. He attended the Cambridge High School and the Hopkins Classical School, Cambridge, Massachusetts. He left school in 1859 for employment in his father's mill. During the Civil War served as quartermaster of Engineers in the Second Massachusetts Brigade, consisting of the Second and Third Regiments. He engaged in cotton manufacturing in Taunton at the Whittenton Mills. First president of the Taunton Street Railway. He served as president of the American Liability Insurance Co. He was interested in several other business enterprises. He served as president of the New England Cotton Manufacturers' Association (now the National Textile Association) for two years. He served as member of the Massachusetts Senate in 1874 and 1875. He served as delegate to the Republican National Convention in 1880. Presided at the Republican State convention in 1892.

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Lovering was elected as a Republican to the Fifty-fifth and to the six succeeding Congresses and served from March 4, 1897, until his death in Atlanta, Georgia, February 4, 1910 of pneumonia. He was interred in Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Taunton, Massachusetts.

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  1. 1 2 3 4 Who's Who in State Politics, 1908, Boston, MA: Practical Politics, 1908, p. 16.
  2. This district was moved to Maine as a result of the Missouri Compromise in 1820.
  3. Who's who in State Politics, 1908, Boston, MA: Practical Politics, 1908, p. 16.


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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Elijah A. Morse
Member of the  U.S. House of Representatives
from Massachusetts's 12th congressional district

Succeeded by
Samuel L. Powers
Preceded by
District restored
Member of the  U.S. House of Representatives
from Massachusetts's 14th congressional district

Succeeded by
Eugene Foss