Joseph W. Mansur

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Joseph Warren Mansur (December 7, 1808 – February 4, 1892) was an American lawyer, politician, and investor. He represented Lowell, Massachusetts in the Massachusetts House of Representatives in 1837, and in 1852 represented Fitchburg.[1][2] He served in the Massachusetts Senate representing Middlesex in 1840 and Worcester District in 1854.[1][2][3][4][5]

Mansur was born in Pembroke, New Hampshire, the son of Aaron Mansur and Rebecca Warren. He studied at Phillips Academy and graduated from Harvard College and Law School in 1831.[2][6][7] He later settled in Fitchburg, Massachusetts, where he owned a textile mill, and served as director in two local companies and as Postmaster (1859- Sept. 1861).[4] He married Anna Fitzpatrick of Ireland and they had four children.

Mansur also held local office, ran unsuccessfully for US Congress in 1842,[8] and ran unsuccessfully for statewide office on the Democratic ticket in 1860. Mansur's eulogy of Daniel Webster (who died in 1852) won him note.[9]

In the early 1860s Mansur moved to Michigan, and in November 1862 bought the Kalamazoo Gazette.[10][11][12] He sold the paper some time after April 1865.[13]

Mansur later lived in Sandwich, Ontario and Lennoxville, Quebec, before returning to Massachusetts where he lived in Duxbury and Milton.[2][6][14] He died in Hyde Park in February 1892.[5][9]


  1. ^ a b Charles Cowley, 1868, A History of Lowell, 2nd Revised Ed., Boston: Lee & Shepard.
  2. ^ a b c d Charles Carroll Carpenter, 1903, Biographical Catalogue of the Trustees, Teachers and Students of Phillips Academy, Andover, 1778-1830, Andover Press. p. 139
  3. ^ Executive and Legislative Departments of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, 1854. Boston, 1854.
  4. ^ a b William A.Emerson, 1903, Fitchburg Past and Present
  5. ^ a b The Harvard Graduates Magazine, Vol. 1, 1892-93. pp. 320-1 (The brief obituary indicates he served in the Massachusetts Senate in 1857, a date not corroborated by other sources consulted.)
  6. ^ a b C.W. Sever, 1888, Catalogue of the Officers and Students of the Law School of Harvard University, 1817-1887, Harvard Law School.
  7. ^ Charles Warren, 1908, History of the Harvard Law School and of early legal conditions in America, New York: Lewiston Publishing Co.
  8. ^ George Boutwell, 1896, Reminiscences of Sixty Years in Public Affairs, Vol. 1, New York: McClure, Phillips & Co.
  9. ^ a b "Death Notices," The Newtown Register, Thursday, February 18, 1892
  10. ^ Michigan State Gazetteer and Business Directory for 1863-4, 2nd edition.
  11. ^ Samuel W. Durant, 1880, History of Kalamazoo County, Michigan, Philadelphia: Everts & Abbott. pp. 263-4.
  12. ^ Kalamazoo Gazette, Nov. 7, 1862
  13. ^ The April 21, 1865 edition of the Gazette was the last available issue bearing his name as editor and proprietor.
  14. ^ "New England News," Boston Weekly Journal, Thursday, Feb. 3, 1887

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