Samuel Lathrop

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Samuel Lathrop
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Massachusetts's 8th district
In office
March 4, 1823 – March 4, 1827
Preceded by Aaron Hobart
Succeeded by Isaac C. Bates
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Massachusetts's 5th district
In office
March 4, 1819 – March 4, 1823
Preceded by Elijah H. Mills
Succeeded by Jonas Sibley
Member of the
Massachusetts Senate
In office
Personal details
Born May 1, 1772
West Springfield, Massachusetts
Died July 11, 1846 (aged 74)
West Springfield, Massachusetts
Political party Federalist
Alma mater Yale College
Occupation Attorney
Religion Congregational

Samuel Lathrop (May 1, 1772 – July 11, 1846) was a U.S. Representative from Massachusetts.


Samuel Lathrop was born in West Springfield, Massachusetts on May 1, 1772, the son of Reverend Joseph Lathrop, longtime pastor of the First Church of West Springfield. He pursued classical studies and graduated from Yale College in 1792.

He studied law., was admitted to the bar, and commenced practice in West Springfield. Lathrop served as West Springfield's clerk and treasurer from 1796 to 1798, and was town meeting moderator eight years. From 1817 to 1821 he served as Hampden County Attorney.

Lathrop was elected as a Federalist to the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Congresses, reelected as an Adams-Clay Federalist to the Eighteenth Congress, and reelected as an Adams candidate to the Nineteenth Congress (March 4, 1819 – March 3, 1827). He served as chairman of the Committee on Revisal and Unfinished Business (Seventeenth and Eighteenth Congresses). In 1824 Lathrop ran unsuccessfully for Governor of Massachusetts, losing to Levi Lincoln, Jr.. Lathrop was the last Federalist nominee for Massachusetts governor.

After leaving Congress Lathrop resumed the practice of law and became a gentleman farmer. He served as member of the Massachusetts State Senate in 1829 and 1830 and served as President pro tempore. In 1831 and 1832 he ran unsuccessfully for governor as an Anti-Mason, losing both times to Lincoln. From 1829 to 1840 he was a trustee of Amherst College.

Death and burial[edit]

Lathrop died in West Springfield on July 11, 1846. He was interred in the Park Street Cemetery.


In 1797 Lathrop married Mary McCracken, and they were the parents of four sons and six daughters.


 This article incorporates public domain material from the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress website

United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Elijah H. Mills
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Massachusetts's 5th congressional district

March 4, 1819 – March 4, 1823
Succeeded by
Jonas Sibley
Preceded by
Aaron Hobart
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Massachusetts's 8th congressional district

March 4, 1823 – March 4, 1827
Succeeded by
Isaac C. Bates
Political offices
Preceded by
Sherman Leland
16th President of the Massachusetts Senate
Succeeded by
James Fowler