Plymouth County Biographies

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John Davis Long

John Davis Long (1838-1915), a Representative from Massachusetts; born in Buckfield, Oxford County, Maine, October 27, 1838; attended the common schools at Buckfield and Hebron Academy, Maine; was graduated from the academic department of Harvard University in 1857; taught school in Westford Academy, Massachusetts; studied law at Harvard Law School and in private offices; was admitted to the bar in 1861 and commenced practice in Buckfield, Maine; moved to Boston, Mass., in 1863 and continued the practice of law, and in 1869 moved to Hingham, Plymouth County, Mass.; member of the State house of representatives 1875-1878 and served the last three years as speaker of the house; Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts in 1879; Governor of Massachusetts 1880-1882; elected as a Republican to the Forty-eighth, Forty-ninth, and Fiftieth Congresses (March 4, 1883-March 3, 1889); declined to be a candidate for renomination in 1888; continued the practice of his profession in Boston; appointed Secretary of the Navy in the Cabinet of President McKinley and served from March 5, 1897, until May 1, 1902, when he resigned; resumed the practice of law in Boston, with residence in Hingham, Mass.; president of overseers of Harvard University and of the Authors’ Club of Boston; died in Hingham, Plymouth County, Mass., August 28, 1915; interment in Hingham Cemetery.

Parents: Zodoc Long, Julia Temple Davis
Spouse: May W Glover
Born: 29 Jun 1845 in Buckfield, Oxford, Maine
Died: 16 Feb 1882
Marriage Date: 13 Sep 1870

Margaret Long 28 Oct 1873 in Buckfield, Maine
Helen Long 16 Jun 1875 in Buckfield, Maine

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