Louis A. Frothingham

Louis Adams Frothingham (July 13, 1871 – August 23, 1928) was a United States representative from Massachusetts.

Louis Adams Frothingham
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Massachusetts's 14th district
In office
March 4, 1921 – August 23, 1928
Preceded byRichard Olney II
Succeeded byRichard B. Wigglesworth
41st Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts
In office
GovernorEben Sumner Draper
Eugene Foss
Preceded byEben Sumner Draper
Succeeded byRobert Luce
Speaker of the Massachusetts House of Representatives
In office
Preceded byJames J. Myers
Succeeded byJohn N. Cole
Massachusetts House of Representatives
11th Suffolk District
Personal details
Born(1871-07-13)July 13, 1871
Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts
DiedAugust 23, 1928(1928-08-23) (aged 57)
North Haven, Maine
Political partyRepublican
SpouseMary Shreve (Ames) Frothingham
Alma materAdams Academy
Harvard University, 1893
Harvard Law School, 1896
Military service
AllegianceUnited States of America
Branch/serviceBattery A of the Massachusetts Field Artillery,[1]
Massachusetts National Guard
Massachusetts Naval Brigade, Auxiliary Naval Force
United States Marine Corps
United States Army
Years of serviceApril 25, 1895 – April 25, 1898[2]
May 1898 – January 1899
Second Lieutenant,
Battles/warsSpanish–American War,
World War I

Early lifeEdit

Frothingham was born in Jamaica Plain on July 13, 1871. He attended the public schools and Adams Academy. He graduated from Harvard University in 1893 (where he was a member of the Porcellian) and from Harvard Law School in 1896. He was admitted to the bar and commenced practice in Boston. He served as second lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps in the Spanish–American War.

Political careerEdit

Frothingham was elected a member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives, and served as Speaker from 1904 to 1905. He was the Republican nominee in the 1905 Boston mayoral election after narrowly defeating former Judge Henry S. Dewey. He lost the general election to Democrat John F. Fitzgerald 48% to 39%.[3][4] He served as the 41st Lieutenant Governor 1909–1911, but was an unsuccessful candidate for Governor in 1911. He was lecturer at Harvard. He then moved to North Easton and continued the practice of law. He was a delegate to the Republican National Convention in 1916.

On May 9, 1916, Frothingham married Mary Shreve Ames in North Easton, Massachusetts.[5] Mary Shreve Ames was a member of the wealthy and prominent Ames family of Easton, Massachusetts, she was the daughter of Frederick Lothrop Ames the great niece of Congressman Oakes Ames, and the first cousin, once removed of Oliver Ames who was Lieutenant Governor and Governor of Massachusetts.

Frothingham served as a major in the United States Army during World War I. He was a member of the commission to visit the soldiers and sailors from Massachusetts in France. He served as first vice commander of the Massachusetts branch of the American Legion in 1919. He was overseer of Harvard University for eighteen years.

Frothingham was elected as a Republican to the Sixty-seventh and to the three succeeding Congresses and served from March 4, 1921, until his death on board the yacht Winsome in North Haven, Maine on August 23, 1928. His interment was in Village Cemetery in North Easton.

See alsoEdit


  • United States Congress. "Louis A. Frothingham (id: F000395)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.


  • Who's Who in State Politics, 1911 Practical Politics (1911) pp. 6–7.
  • Sherburne, John H. Battery A: Field Artillery M. V. M., 1895–1905, (1908) pp. 14, 18, 184–185.
  • Bridgman, Arthur Milnor. A Souvenir of Massachusetts Legislators (1901) p. 179.


  1. ^ a b Sherburne, John H. (1908), Battery A: Field Artillery M. V. M., 1895–1905, Boston, MA: Battery A: Field Artillery M. V. M., pp. 14, 18
  2. ^ Sherburne, John H. (1908), Battery A: Field Artillery M. V. M., 1895–1905, Boston, MA: Battery A: Field Artillery M. V. M., pp. 184–185
  3. ^ "Annual Report of the Board of Election Commissioners". City of Boston. 1905. p. 138. Retrieved March 18, 2018 – via archive.org.
  4. ^ "Annual Report of the Board of Election Commissioners". City of Boston. 1905. p. 171. Retrieved March 18, 2018 – via archive.org.
  5. ^ Castle, William Richards (September 1916), The Harvard Graduates' Magazine, vol. XXV, Boston, MA: The Harvard Graduates' Magazine Association, pp. 184–185

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Party political offices
Preceded by Republican nominee for Governor of Massachusetts
Succeeded by
Massachusetts House of Representatives
Preceded by Speaker of the Massachusetts House of Representatives
Succeeded by
Political offices
Preceded by Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts
Succeeded by
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Massachusetts's 14th congressional district

Succeeded by