LOVERING, William Croad, (1835 - 1910)


"Around the Capital" (detail), engraving, Thomas Fleming, 1902, Collection of U.S. House of Representatives

LOVERING, William Croad, a Representative from Massachusetts; born in Woonsocket, R.I., February 25, 1835; moved with his parents to Taunton, Mass., in 1837; attended the Cambridge High School and the Hopkins Classical School, Cambridge, Mass.; 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; engaged in cotton manufacturing in Taunton; first president of the Taunton Street Railway; president of the American Liability Insurance Co.; interested in several other business enterprises; president of the New England Cotton Manufacturers’ Association for two years; member of the State senate in 1874 and 1875; delegate to the Republican National Convention in 1880; presided at the Republican State convention in 1892; elected as a Republican to the Fifty-fifth and to the six succeeding Congresses and served from March 4, 1897, until his death in Washington, D.C., February 4, 1910; interment in Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Taunton, Mass.