A. Piatt Andrew

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A. Piatt Andrew
Abram Piatt Andrew 1909.jpg
Abram Piatt Andrew circa 1909
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Massachusetts's 6th district
In office
September 27, 1921 – June 3, 1936
Preceded by Willfred W. Lufkin
Succeeded by George J. Bates
Personal details
Born February 12, 1873
La Porte, Indiana
Died June 3, 1936(1936-06-03) (aged 63)
Gloucester, Massachusetts
Political party Republican
Alma mater Lawrenceville School, Princeton College
Military service
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch U.S. Army
Years of service September 1917-1918
Rank Major, lieutenant colonel
Battles/wars World War I
Awards Legion of Honor, Distinguished Service Medal

Abram Piatt Andrew Jr. (February 12, 1873 – June 3, 1936) was a United States Representative from Massachusetts.


Born in La Porte, Indiana, he attended the public schools and the Lawrenceville School. He graduated from Princeton College in 1893, was a member of the Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences from 1893 to 1898, graduating with a Masters degree in 1895 and a doctorate in 1900.[1] He later pursued postgraduate studies in the Universities of Halle, Berlin, and Paris.

He moved to Gloucester, Massachusetts, and was instructor and assistant professor of economics at Harvard University from 1900 to 1909. He was an expert assistant and editor of publications of the National Monetary Commission from 1908 to 1911, and Director of the United States Mint in 1909 and 1910. From 1910 to 1912 he was Assistant Secretary of the Treasury, and was a key participant in the secret Jekyll Island meeting of November 1910, convened by Senator Nelson Aldrich, in which bankers and financial experts discussed plans to create a Central Bank for the United States.

He organized the American Field Service and in December 1914 sailed to France. He served in France continuously for four and a half years during the First World War (first with the French Army and later with the United States Army.) He was commissioned a major in the United States National Army in September 1917 and promoted to lieutenant colonel in September 1918. For his service he was awarded the Legion of Honor by the French Government and the Distinguished Service Medal by the American Army.

Andrew was elected as a Republican to the Sixty-seventh United States Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Willfred W. Lufkin; he was reelected to the Sixty-eighth and to the six succeeding Congresses and served from September 27, 1921, until his death.

He was a delegate to the Republican National Conventions in 1924 and 1928, and a member of the board of trustees of Princeton University from 1932 to 1936.

He died in Gloucester at his home "Red Roof"; his remains were cremated and the ashes scattered from an airplane flying over his estate on Eastern Point in Gloucester.

A lifelong bachelor, some sources state that Andrew was in a relationship with his neighbor, interior designer Henry Davis Sleeper.[2][3][4] Others state that the two were just friends.[5]

In 1953 a bridge carrying Massachusetts Route 128 over the Annisquam River to the island section of Gloucester was named the "A. Piatt Andrew Bridge" in honor of his service as a Congressman.[6]


  1. ^ http://www.ourstory.info/library/2-ww1/APA/APAbio.html
  2. ^ Improper Bostonians: Lesbian and Gay History from the Puritans to Playland. Beacon Press. 1999. 
  3. ^ Shand-Tucci, Douglass (2005). Ralph Adams Cram: An Architect's Four Quests - Medieval, Modernist, American, Ecumenical. Univ of Massachusetts Press. 
  4. ^ Carter, Alice A. (2005). Cecilia Beaux. Random House Incorporated. p. 149. 
  5. ^ Timothy T. Orwig, Carolyn Pitts, and Patty Henry (2001-08-31), National Historic Landmark Nomination: Beauport / Sleeper-McCann House; Little Beauport; Sleeper, Henry Davis, House PDF (32 KB), National Park Service  (including maps and plans and Accompanying nine photos, exterior and interior, from 1977, 1979, 1980s, 1994 PDF (32 KB)
  6. ^ http://www.bostonroads.com/roads/MA-128/
Government offices
Preceded by
Frank A. Leach
Director of the United States Mint
November 1909 – June 1910
Succeeded by
George E. Roberts
United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Willfred W. Lufkin
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Massachusetts's 6th congressional district

September 27, 1921 - June 3, 1936
Succeeded by
George J. Bates