Levi Lincoln, Jr.
Painting: by Frank Weston Benson, 1900

Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts: 1825-1834

The son of the former Massachusetts Governor and U.S. Attorney General, Levi Lincoln, Jr. was born in Worcester. He returned there after attending Harvard College and began a legal career. In 1812, he represented Worcester in the Massachusetts Senate and then in the House of Representatives from 1814 to 1822. He was elected Lieutenant Governor in 1823 and served as Associate Justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Court in 1825.

In 1825, he won the governorship running as an Adams Republican. During his first administration, he supported the owners of the Charles Street Toll Bridge who were opposed to the Commonwealth constructing a free bridge. The issue led to a gubernatorial challenge by the Free Bridge ticket, which Mr. Lincoln overcame. He was challenged seven times by Marcus Morton, who lost each time. In 1831, the state moved the gubernatorial race to November, which resulted in them facing each other twice in the same year.

It was Levi Lincoln, Jr. who received the Marquis de Lafayette, and joined him in a parade of 7,000 citizens honoring the Battle of Bunker Hill's surviving soldiers. The day was declared Lafayette Day, in honor of the Marquis de Lafayette's participation in the American Revolution.

In 1833, Governor Lincoln decided against further gubernatorial runs and instead mounted a successful Congressional bid. He served in Congress 1834-1841, then returned to serve in the Massachusetts Senate in 1844, and as President of the Senate in 1845. Mr. Lincoln returned to his native Worcester where he was elected Mayor in 1848.