Gaspar G. Bacon

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Gaspar Griswold Bacon
51st Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts
In office
Governor Joseph B. Ely[1]
Preceded by William S. Youngman
Succeeded by Joseph L. Hurley
President of the Massachusetts Senate[2]
In office
1929[2] – 1932[2]
Preceded by Wellington Wells
Succeeded by Erland F. Fish
Member of the
Massachusetts Senate
Sixth Suffolk Senate District
In office
1925[2] – 1932[2]
Personal details
Born March 7, 1886[2]
Died December 25, 1947(1947-12-25) (aged 61)
Political party Republican[3]
Spouse(s) Pricilla Tolland[4]
Residence 222 Prince Street, Boston (Jamaica Plain), Massachusetts[3]
Profession Lawyer[3]

Gaspar Griswold Bacon, Sr. (March 7, 1886 – December 25, 1947) served on the Board of Overseers of Harvard University, he was the President of the Massachusetts Senate[3] from 1929 to 1932.[2] and the 51st Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts[1] from 1933[2] to 1935.

Early life[edit]

Bacon was born in Jamaica Plain, Boston on March 7, 1886[2] to Robert Bacon. Bacon had a brother, Robert L. Bacon.[5]


Bacon received his undergraduate degree from Harvard College in 1908,[3] he then went on to earn his law degree from Harvard Law School in 1912.[3][6]

Political career[edit]

In 1912, Bacon actively campaigned for Theodore Roosevelt and the Progressive Party. Bacon was in the United States forces sent to Mexico under General Pershing in 1916. He was involved in the founding of the Military School at Harvard College in 1919. In 1920, he was a supporter of Leonard Wood's campaign for the Republican nomination for president and was a delegate to the Republican National Convention that year. Bacon was elected to the Massachusetts State Senate in 1924. He served there until becoming Lieutenant Governor. He was also a lecturer on the staff of Boston University in the late 1920s. Bacon became the Massachusetts State Senate president in 1928, and Lt. Governor in 1932.

Military service[edit]

Bacon was in the Field Artillery Officers' Reserve Corps.[7] During World War II Bacon was a Lieutenant Colonel on General George Patton's staff where he served for three years and ten months, in the G5, as the Chief of the Government Affairs Branch.[7]

Family life[edit]

Bacon married Pricilla Tolland on July 16, 1910 in St. Thomas' Church Whitemarsh, Pennsylvania.[4] Bacon and his wife, were the parents of three sons. One of Bacon's sons was the actor Gaspar G. Bacon, Jr., better known as David Bacon.


Bacon died on Christmas Day, December 25, 1947 in Dedham, Massachusetts.[5]


  1. ^ a b Howard, Richard T. (1933), Public Officials of Massachusetts (1933-1934), Boston, MA: The Boston Review, p. 22. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i Howard, Richard T. (1933), Public Officials of Massachusetts (1933-1934), Boston, MA: The Boston Review, p. 23. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f Howard, Richard T. (1931), Public Officials of Massachusetts (1931-1932), Boston, MA: The Boston Review, p. 38. 
  4. ^ a b Lichtblau, Eric (July 17, 1910). "GASPAR BACON WEDS. - Ambassador's Son Married to Daughter of Mr. and Mrs. E. D. Toland.". The New York Times. p. 9. Retrieved October 19, 2015. 
  5. ^ a b Parkman Dexter Howe (1947). "Gaspar Griswold Bacon". Proceedings of the Massachusetts Historical Society, Third Series. 69. JSTOR 25080427. 
  6. ^ Jamaica Plain Historical Society article on Bacon
  7. ^ a b Lyons, Louis M. (June 11, 1945), The Germans in This City Look Pretty Peaked to Me, Boston, Massachusetts: The Boston Globe, retrieved October 19, 2015 
Political offices
Preceded by
Wellington Wells
President of the Massachusetts Senate
Succeeded by
Erland F. Fish
Preceded by
William S. Youngman
Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts
Succeeded by
Joseph L. Hurley