WASHBURN, Charles Grenfill (1857-1928)

WASHBURN, CHARLES GRENFILL, a Representative from Massachusetts; born in Worcester, Mass., January 28, 1857; was graduated from Worcester Polytechnic Institute in 1875 and from Harvard University in 1880; studied law; was admitted to the Suffolk bar in 1887; connected with various manufacturing enterprises in Worcester; member of the State house of representatives in 1897 and 1898; served in the State senate in 1899 and 1900; member of the committee to revise the corporation laws of Massachusetts in 1902; delegate to the Republican National Conventions in 1904 and 1916; was elected as a Republican to the Fifty-ninth Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Rockwood Hoar; reelected to the Sixtieth and Sixty-first Congresses and served from December 18, 1906, to March 3, 1911; unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1910 to the Sixty-second Congress; director of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston; president of the Washburn Co. of Worcester, Mass., until his death at Lenox, Berkshire County, Mass., May 25, 1928; interment in Rural Cemetery, Worcester, Mass.

American Antiquarian Society
Worcester, MA
Papers: ca. 1870s-1940, 37 scrapbooks.
Much of the material in this collection pertains to Charles Washburn’s book on Teddy Roosevelt, including correspondence with Roosevelt and members of his family. There are typescript copies of correspondence, 1902-1911, between Roosevelt and William Howard Taft that were given to Washburn by Taft. This correspondence provides important evidence for the break between Taft and Roosevelt, and Washburn utilized it in his unpublished revision of the 1916 book. There is some material pertaining to Washburn’s book on Worcester, Massachusetts, including notes he made from an examination of Worcester newspapers, 1775-1866. There also are typescripts of many of his addresses and articles. The rest of the collection includes family and personal correspondence, materials generated by his work as a legislator, and correspondence with his friend Henry Cabot Lodge.


Columbia University
Rare Book and Manuscript Library
New York, NY
Papers: 1 letter (November 23, 1913) in the Willard Bartlett collection.
Finding aid in repository.

Papers: 1 letter (December 22, 1908) in the Robert Underwood Johnson collection.
Finding aid in repository.


Harvard University Library
Houghton Library
Cambridge, MA
Papers: In the Theodore Roosevelt Collection, 1847-1933, 32 linear feet.
Persons represented include Charles Grenfill Washburn.

  • Haynes, George Henry. The Life of Charles G. Washburn. Boston and New York: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1931.
  • Washburn, Charles Grenfill. An address delivered at Worcester, October l6, 1912, before the American antiquarian society on the occasion of the one hundredth anniversary of its foundation. Boston: [D. B. Updike, The Merrymount Press], 1912.
  • ------. Address on the government control of corporations and combinations of capital. [Worcester? Mass.: N.p., 1911].
  • ------. An address upon our relations with the Philippine Islands. Worcester, Mass.: The Davis Press, 1926.
  • ------. Address upon the celebration of the two hundreth anniversary of the adoption by the General court of a resolve vesting the inhabitants of Worcester with the powers and privileges of the other towns within the Province. Worcester, Mass.: The Davis Press, 1922.
  • ------. Address upon the unveiling of a tablet to mark no. 38 Winthrop street, Cambridge. Boston: Privately printed, 1923.
  • ------. Henry Cabot Lodge. Boston: N.p., 1925.
  • ------. The history of a statute, the Sherman anti-trust act of 1890. Worcester, Mass.: The Davis Press, 1927.
  • ------. The life of John W. Weeks. Boston and New York: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1928.
  • ------. Roosevelt and the 1912 campaign. Boston: N.p., 1926.
  • ------. Technical education in relation to industrial development. [Worcester, Mass.: N.p., 1906].