George Frisbie Hoar
|George Frisbie Hoar|
|United States Senator|
March 4, 1877 – September 30, 1904
|Preceded by||George S. Boutwell|
|Succeeded by||Winthrop M. Crane|
|Member of the|
U.S. House of Representatives
March 4, 1869 – March 3, 1877
John Denison Baldwin (8th)|
Alvah Crocker (9th)
John M. S. Williams (8th)|
William W. Rice (9th)
8th district (1869–73)|
9th district (1873–77)
|Member of the Massachusetts Senate|
|Member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives|
August 29, 1826|
Concord, Massachusetts, U.S.
September 30, 1904 (aged 78)|
Worcester, Massachusetts, U.S.
|Political party||Republican (after 1855)|
|Free Soil Party (before 1855)|
Harvard Law School
George Frisbie Hoar (August 29, 1826 – September 30, 1904) was a prominent American politician and United States Senator from Massachusetts. Hoar was born in Concord, Massachusetts. He was a member of an extended family that was politically prominent in 18th and 19th century New England.
Political and legal career
Hoar graduated from Harvard University in 1846, and Harvard Law School in 1849. He was admitted to the bar, and settled in Worcester, Massachusetts where he practiced law before entering politics. Initially a member of the Free Soil Party, he joined the Republican Party shortly after its founding, and was elected to the Massachusetts House of Representatives (1852), and the Massachusetts Senate (1857).
In 1865, Hoar was one of the founders of the Worcester County Free Institute of Industrial Science, now the Worcester Polytechnic Institute. He represented Massachusetts as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from 1869 through 1877, then served in the U.S. Senate until his death. He was a Republican, who generally avoided party partisanship and did not hesitate to criticize other members of his party whose actions or policies he believed were in error.
Hoar was long noted as a fighter against political corruption, and campaigned for the rights of African Americans and Native Americans. He argued in the Senate in favor of Women's suffrage as early as 1886. He opposed the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882, describing it as "nothing less than the legalization of racial discrimination." However, he also believed that Portuguese and Italian immigrants were unfit for U.S. citizenship. As a member of the Congressional Electoral Commission, he was involved with settling the highly disputed U.S. presidential election, 1876. He authored the Presidential Succession Act of 1886, and in 1880 he was chairman of the 1880 Republican National Convention.
Unlike many of his Senate colleagues, Hoar was not a strong advocate for an American intervention into Cuba in the late 1890s. On December 1897, he met with Native Hawaiian leaders opposed to the annexation of their nation and presented the Kūʻē Petitions to Congress which defeated William McKinley's attempt to annex the Republic of Hawaii with a treaty. After this, the islands were annexed by means of joint resolution, called the Newlands Resolution. After the Spanish–American War, Hoar became one of the Senate's most outspoken opponents of the imperialism of the McKinley administration. He called for independence for the Philippines, and denounced the Philippine–American War in the following terms:
You have sacrificed nearly ten thousand American lives—the flower of our youth. You have devastated provinces. You have slain uncounted thousands of the people you desire to benefit. You have established reconcentration camps. Your generals are coming home from their harvest bringing sheaves with them, in the shape of other thousands of sick and wounded and insane to drag out miserable lives, wrecked in body and mind. You make the American flag in the eyes of a numerous people the emblem of sacrilege in Christian churches, and of the burning of human dwellings, and of the horror of the water torture. Your practical statesmanship which disdains to take George Washington and Abraham Lincoln or the soldiers of the Revolution or of the Civil War as models, has looked in some cases to Spain for your example. I believe—nay, I know—that in general our officers and soldiers are humane. But in some cases they have carried on your warfare with a mixture of American ingenuity and Castilian cruelty. Your practical statesmanship has succeeded in converting a people who three years ago were ready to kiss the hem of the garment of the American and to welcome him as a liberator, who thronged after your men when they landed on those islands with benediction and gratitude, into sullen and irreconcilable enemies, possessed of a hatred which centuries can not eradicate.— George Frisbie Hoar, May 1902 speech to the United States Senate
In addition to his political career, Hoar was active in the American Historical Association and the American Antiquarian Society, serving terms as president of both organizations. He was elected a member of the American Antiquarian Society in 1853, and served as vice-president from 1878 to 1884, and then served as president from 1884 to 1887. He was a regent of the Smithsonian Institution in 1880, and a trustee of the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology. Through his efforts, the lost manuscript of William Bradford's Of Plymouth Plantation (1620–47), an important founding document of the United States, was returned to New England, after being discovered in Fulham Palace, London, in 1855.
Hoar was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1901. His autobiography, Autobiography of Seventy Years, was published in 1903; it first appeared in serial form in Scribner's magazine. Hoar enjoyed good health until June 1904. He died in Worcester, and was buried in Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, Concord. After his death, a statue of him was erected in front of Worcester's city hall, paid for by public donations.
Hoar family and relations
In 1853, Hoar married Mary Louisa Spurr (1831-1859). In 1862, he married Ruth Ann Miller (1830-1903). With his first wife, he was the father of a son, Rockwood Hoar, and a daughter, Mary (1854-1929). With his second wife he was the father of a daughter, Alice (1863-1864).
Through his mother, Sarah Sherman, G.F. Hoar was a grandson of prominent political figure, Roger Sherman and Sherman's second wife, Rebecca Minot Prescott. Roger Sherman signed the Articles of Confederation, United States Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution.
- G.F. Hoar's father, Samuel Hoar, was a prominent lawyer who served on the Massachusetts state senate and the United States House of Representatives.
- G.F. Hoar's brother Ebenezer Rockwood Hoar was an Associate Justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, one of Ulysses S. Grant's Attorneys General, and a nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court.
- G.F. Hoar's first cousin Roger Sherman Baldwin was Governor of Connecticut and a U.S. Senator; and William Maxwell Evarts was US Secretary of State, U.S. Attorney General and a U.S. Senator.
- He was the uncle of Massachusetts State Representative Sherman Hoar, and the great uncle of Massachusetts State Senator and Assistant Attorney General Roger Sherman Hoar.
- Hoar, George F. (1903). Autobiography of Seventy Years - Vol. I. Charles Scribner's Sons. pp. 91–92.
- Daniels, Roger (2002). Coming to America: A History of Immigration and Ethnicity in American Life. Harper Perennial. p. 271. ISBN 978-0060505776.
- Puleo, Stephen (2007). The Boston Italians. Boston: Beacon Press. p. 27. ISBN 9780807050361. See also: George A. Scigliano
- Silva, Noenoe K. (1998). "The 1897 Petitions Protesting Annexation". The Annexation Of Hawaii: A Collection Of Document. University of Hawaii at Manoa. Retrieved December 19, 2016.
- Hoar, George Frisbie (1906). "Subjugation of the Philippines Iniquitous". In William Jennings Bryan. The World's Famous Orations:America: III (1861–1905). X. Francis W. Halsey, associate editor (On-line edition published March 2003 by Bartleby.com ed.). New York: Funk and Wagnalls.
- American Antiquarian Society Members Directory
- Dunbar, B. (1987). Members and Officers of the American Antiquarian Society. Worcester: American Antiquarian Society.
- Hoar, George F. (1905). Autobiography of Seventy Years - Vol II. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons. pp. 231–241. Retrieved 2017-03-25.
- "Book of Members, 1780–2010: Chapter B" (PDF). American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Retrieved September 11, 2016.
- "Biographical Sketch, Rockwood Hoar". Rockwood Hoar Papers. Boston, MA: Massachusetts Historical Society. Retrieved May 20, 2018.
- "Biographical Sketch, Rockwood Hoar".
- United States Congress. "George Frisbie Hoar (id: H000654)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress..
- Hoar, George F. Autobiography of Seventy Years. 2 vols., New York: Scribner’s Sons, 1903.
- Welch, Richard E., Jr. George Frisbie Hoar and the Half-Breed Republicans. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1971.
- Sherman Genealogy Including Families of Essex, Suffolk and Norfolk, England By Thomas Townsend Sherman
- George Frisbie Hoar Papers
- Sherman-Hoar family at Political Graveyard
- Baldwin-Greene-Gager family of Connecticut at Political Graveyard
- George Frisbie Hoar at Find a Grave
- George Frisbie Hoar, late a representative from Massachusetts, Memorial addresses delivered in the House of Representatives and Senate frontispiece 1905
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|U.S. House of Representatives|
John D. Baldwin
| Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Massachusetts's 8th congressional district
John M. S. Williams (district moved)
Alvah Crocker (district moved)
| Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Massachusetts's 9th congressional district
William W. Rice
George S. Boutwell
| U.S. Senator (Class 2) from Massachusetts
Served alongside: Henry L. Dawes and Henry Cabot Lodge
Winthrop M. Crane