UPTON, Robert William (1884-1972)
Senate Years of Service: 1953-1954

UPTON, ROBERT WILLIAM, a Senator from New Hampshire; born in Boston, Mass., February 3, 1884; attended the public schools; graduated from Boston University Law School in 1907; admitted to the Massachusetts and New Hampshire bars in 1907 and commenced practice in Concord, N.H.; member, State house of representatives 1911; delegate to the New Hampshire State Constitutional Conventions in 1918, 1930, 1938, and 1948, serving as president in 1948; appointed on August 14, 1953, as a Republican to the United States Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Charles W. Tobey, and served from August 14, 1953, to November 7, 1954; unsuccessful candidate for nomination to fill the vacancy; resumed the practice of law; member, Mixed Board, Clemency and Parole, Bonn, Germany, 1956; special ambassador to Liberia in 1956; retired from law practice in 1970; died in Concord, N.H., April 28, 1972; interment in Blossom Hill Cemetery.

New Hampshire Historical Society
Concord, NH
Papers: 1940-1967 (bulk 1953-1954). 15 feet; ca. 10,000 items. Political papers, chiefly pertaining to the 83rd Congress, including letters and requests from constituents and material on the work of the Senate committees on Post Office and Civil Service, Public Works, and Labor and Public Welfare, and particularly on the revision of the Taft-Hartley Act. Includes Republican party material relating to his campaign for governor (1952), 1960 Republican National Convention, and Nelson A. Rockefeller's 1964 presidential primary campaign; and correspondence and records (1955-1956) of the Mixed Board for clemency and parole of war prisoners, Bonn, Germany.

  • Upton, William W. "Robert W. Upton: A Recollection.'' Historical New Hampshire 27 (Summer 1972): 108-14.