Samuel Lathrop

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

Samuel Lathrop
Member of the
U.S. House of Representatives
from Massachusetts
In office
March 4, 1819 – March 3, 1827
Preceded byElijah H. Mills
Succeeded byIsaac C. Bates
Constituency5th district (1819–23)
8th district (1823–27)
Member of the
Massachusetts Senate
In office
Personal details
Born(1772-05-01)May 1, 1772
Springfield, Province of Massachusetts Bay, British America (now West Springfield)
DiedJuly 11, 1846(1846-07-11) (aged 74)
West Springfield, Massachusetts, U.S.
Political partyFederalist
Alma materYale College


Samuel Lathrop was born on May 1, 1772 on the western side of Springfield (which would later be incorporated as a separate town in 1774) in the Province of Massachusetts Bay. He was 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 burialEdit

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.


  • United States Congress. "Samuel Lathrop (id: L000112)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.

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Party political offices
Preceded by Federalist nominee for Governor of Massachusetts
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Heman Lincoln
Anti-Masonic nominee for Governor of Massachusetts
1831, 1832
Succeeded by
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Massachusetts's 5th congressional district

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

March 4, 1823 – March 4, 1827
Succeeded by
Political offices
Preceded by 16th President of the Massachusetts Senate
Succeeded by