Winthrop Murray Crane
Painting: begun by Frederic Porter Vinton, completed by William Worcester Churchill, 1911

Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts: 1900-1903

Winthrop Murray Crane was born to great wealth and yet entered the paper mills of his father at the age of 17, as a rag picker in order to learn the business thoroughly. That paper company, Crane & Company of Dalton, Massachusetts, has been the supplier of the woven paper on which U.S. currency has been printed on since 1879.

Mr. Crane became politically active serving on the Republican National Committee in 1892, 1896, 1904, and 1908. He was elected Lieutenant Governor in 1896 and served in that capacity until he was elected Governor in 1899.

Governor Crane's experience in industry proved to be of great use to the Commonwealth during a threatened teamsters strike in 1902. The Governor convened meetings with both sides and mediated a settlement which diverted the strike. During Mr. Crane's administration, he approved the construction of a mental hospital, contended with railroads leasing their lines, and approved funding to match local contributions for the Pilgrim Monument in Provincetown.

After three terms, Governor Crane declined to run for a fourth term. He was appointed Secretary of the Treasury by President Theodore Roosevelt in 1902, but declined. Two years later he was appointed to the U.S. Senate to succeed George Frisbee Hoar and retained the seat from 1904 to 1913.