Samuel W. McCall

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Samuel Walker McCall
47th Governor of Massachusetts
In office
January 6, 1916 – January 2, 1919
Lieutenant Calvin Coolidge
Preceded by David I. Walsh
Succeeded by Calvin Coolidge
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Massachusetts's 8th district
In office
March 4, 1893 – March 3, 1913
Preceded by Moses T. Stevens
Succeeded by Frederick S. Deitrick
Personal details
Born February 28, 1851
East Providence Township, Pennsylvania
Died November 4, 1923 (aged 72)
Winchester, Massachusetts
Resting place Wildwood Cemetery
Political party Republican
Alma mater Dartmouth College

Samuel Walker McCall (February 28, 1851 – November 4, 1923) was a member of the United States House of Representatives, and the 47th Governor of Massachusetts. He was born in East Providence Township, Pennsylvania on February 28, 1851.

McCall spent his early life in Illinois and attended the Mount Carroll Seminary in Mount Carroll from 1864 to 1866,[1] when that school closed to male students.[2] The Seminary was later known as Shimer College.

McCall's parents then sent him east to the New Hampton Academy in New Hampton, New Hampshire, on the recommendation of a neighbor.[1] McCall graduated from New Hampton Academy and subsequently from Dartmouth College. He studied law; was admitted to the bar and practiced in Worcester, and later in Boston, Massachusetts.

Governor McCall visiting Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada to view reconstruction efforts after Halifax Explosion

He was editor of the Boston Daily Advertiser, and was elected a member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives. He was a delegate to the Republican National Conventions in 1888, 1900, and 1916. McCall was elected as a Republican to the Fifty-third and to the nine succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1893 to March 4, 1913). He served as chairman of the Committee on Elections No. 3 (Fifty-fourth Congress). He was not a candidate for renomination in 1912, and resumed the practice of law in Boston. In 1914, he published a biography of his friend Thomas B. Reed.[3][4]

He was elected Governor of Massachusetts 1916–1918. After retiring from elected office, he engaged in literary pursuits and died in Winchester on November 4, 1923. His interment was in Wildwood Cemetery.

Gov. McCall speaking in Vineyard Haven, Massachusetts in 1918 (Calvin Coolidge in background).

His grandson, Tom McCall, was a Republican two-term Governor of Oregon from 1967 to 1975.


  1. ^ a b Lawrence Boyd Evans (1916). Samuel McCall, Governor of Massachusetts. p. 7. 
  2. ^ The History of Carroll County, Illinois. H.F. Kett & Co. 1878. 
  3. ^ "The Most Interesting Presents to Give or Receive are Books". The Independent. Dec 14, 1914. Retrieved July 24, 2012. 
  4. ^ McCall, Samuel W. (1914). The Life of Thomas Brackett Reed. New York: Houghton Mifflin Company. Retrieved July 24, 2012. 

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Moses T. Stevens
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Massachusetts's 8th congressional district

March 4, 1893 – March 4, 1913
Succeeded by
Frederick Simpson Deitrick
Political offices
Preceded by
David I. Walsh
Governor of Massachusetts
Succeeded by
Calvin Coolidge