LINCOLN, Levi (1782-1868)

LINCOLN, LEVI, (son of Levi Lincoln [1749-1820] and brother of Enoch Lincoln), a Representative from Massachusetts; born in Worcester, Mass., October 25, 1782; attended Leicester Academy, Leicester, Mass., and was graduated from Harvard University in 1802; studied law; was admitted to the bar and commenced the practice of his profession at Worcester in 1805; served in the state senate in 1812 and 1813; member of the state house of representatives 1814-1822 and served as speaker in 1822; delegate to the state constitutional convention in 1820; elected lieutenant governor of Massachusetts in 1823; appointed associate justice of the state supreme court in 1824; governor of Massachusetts 1825-1834; declined reelection; elected as an Anti-Jacksonian to the Twenty-third Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of John Davis; reelected as an Anti-Jacksonian to the Twenty-fourth Congress; elected as a Whig to the Twenty-fifth, Twenty-sixth, and Twenty-seventh Congresses and served from February 17, 1834, to March 16, 1841, when he resigned; chairman, Committee on Public Buildings and Grounds (Twenty-fifth and Twenty-sixth Congresses); collector of the port of Boston, by appointment of President Harrison, 1841-1843; served in the state senate in 1844 and 1845 and was president of that body in the latter year; first mayor of Worcester in 1848; presidential elector on the Republican ticket in 1864; died in Worcester, Worcester County, Mass., May 29, 1868; interment in the Rural Cemetery.

American Antiquarian Society
Worcester, MA
Papers: 1793-1864. 6 volumes and 1 box.
Chiefly legal notes.


Library of Congress
Manuscript Division
Washington, DC
Papers: 1807-1863. 20 items.

  • Dean, Paul. A discourse, delivered at the annual election, January 4, 1832: Before His Excellency Levi Lincoln, Governor, His Honor Thomas L. Winthrop, Lieutenant Governor, the Honorable Council, and the Legislature of Massachusetts. Boston: Dutton and Wentworth, 1831.
  • Lincoln, Levi. Address, delivered before the Worcester Agricultural Society. Worcester: Printed by Manning & Trumbull, 1819.
  • ------. An address delivered on the consecration of the Worcester Rural Cemetery, September 8, 1838. Boston: Dutton and Wentworth printers, 1838.
  • ------. Address: Pronounced at Worcester. Worcester: Sewall Goodridge, 1803.
  • ------. Speech of Mr. Lincoln, of Massachusetts: delivered in the House of Representatives of the United States, Feb. 7, 1837, on the resolution to censure the Hon. John Q. Adams, for inquiring of the Speaker, whether a paper, purporting to come from slaves, came within the resolution laying on the table all petitions relating to slavery. Washington: Printed by Gales and Seaton, 1837.
  • Massachusetts. Governor (1825-1834: Lincoln). Message of His Excellency Levi Lincoln, transmitted to both branches of the legislature, January 7, 1829. Boston: True and Greene, 1829.
  • ------. Speech of His Excellency Levi Lincoln, delivered to the two branches of the legislature, in convention, May 29, 1830. Boston: Dutton and Wentworth, Printers to the State, 1830.
  • Washburn, Emory. Memoir of Hon. Levi Lincoln: Prepared agreeably to a resolution of the Massachusetts Historical Society. Cambridge: John Wilson and Son, 1869.