SALTONSTALL, Leverett (1892-1979)

SALTONSTALL, LEVERETT, (great-grandson of Leverett Saltonstall [1783-1845]), a Senator from Massachusetts; born in Chestnut Hill, Middlesex County, Mass., September 1, 1892; attended the public schools and Noble and Greenough School, Dedham, Mass.; graduated from Harvard University in 1914 and from its law school in 1917; during the First World War served in the United States Army as a first lieutenant 1917-1919; admitted to the bar in 1919, and commenced practice in Boston, Mass.; member of the board of aldermen of Newton, Mass., 1920-1922; assistant district attorney of Middlesex County, Mass., 1921-1922; member, State house of representatives 1923-1936, serving as speaker 1929-1936; unsuccessful candidate for lieutenant governor of Massachusetts in 1936; Governor of Massachusetts 1939-1945; chairman of the National Governors Conference 1943-1944; elected as a Republican to the United States Senate, November 7, 1944, to fill the vacancy in the term ending January 3, 1949, caused by the resignation of Henry Cabot Lodge, Jr., but did not assume office until January 4, 1945, after completion of his term as Governor; reelected in 1948, 1954 and 1960 and served from January 4, 1945, to January 3, 1967; was not a candidate for reelection in 1966; Republican whip 1949-1957; chairman, Committee on Armed Services (Eighty-third Congress), Republican Conference (Eighty-fifth through Eighty-ninth Congress); trustee and director of several mutual investment funds and charities; resided in Dover, Mass., where he died June 17, 1979; interment in Harmony Grove Cemetery, Salem, Mass.

Boston Public Library
Boston, MA
Papers: 3 items.

Boston University
Boston, MA
Papers: 1943-1965. 34 letters. Also photographs.

Broadcast Pioneers Library
University of Maryland Hornbake Library
College Park, MD
Papers: 1 audiotape (1963) in Westinghouse Broadcasting Company collection, 1945-1981.

Columbia University
Oral History Project
New York, NY
Oral History: 1967. 151 leaves. Topics include 1952 campaign; Senate Armed Services Committee; Appropriations Committee; White House legislative conferences; Republican politics, 1952-1960; Eisenhower's relations with Congress; unification of armed services; Korean War; Tuesday morning meetings; and Department of Defense financial policy. In Eisenhower Administration project. Permission required to cite, quote, or reproduce.

Columbia University
Rare Book and Manuscript Library
New York, NY
Papers: In Henry Beetle Hough papers, 1841-1986.

Dwight D. Eisenhower Library
Abilene, KS
Oral History: 1967. 151 leaves. Furnished by Columbia University.

Georgia Historical Society
Savannah, GA
Papers: Correspondence in David McCord Wright papers, 1812-1978.

Harvard University
Graduate School of Business Administration Baker Library
Boston, MA
Papers: In Louis Edward Kirstein business records, 1909-1942.

Harvard University
Law School Library
Cambridge, MA
Papers: In Lawrence Graham Brooks papers, 1897-1981; Arthur E. Sunderland papers, 1923-1972 (bulk 1950-1972); Charles Edward Wyzanski papers, 1930-1968; Walter Barton Leach papers, 1920-1971 (bulk 1940-1970); Herbert Brutus Ehrmann papers, 1906-1970 (bulk 1926-1968); and Roscoe Pound papers, 1888-1964 (bulk 1910-1964). Finding aid.

Harvard University
Houghton Library
Cambridge, MA
Papers: In Christian Archibald Herter papers, 1929-1967 (bulk 1943-1966).

Harvard University
Pusey Library
Cambridge, MA
Papers: 1935-1955. 2 boxes. Correspondence relating to Harvard activities.
Additional Papers: In Samuel Eliot Morison papers, 1807-1976; and Board of Overseers records, 1707-ongoing.

Lyndon Baines Johnson Library
Austin, TX
Oral History: October 31, 1968. 31 pages.

John F. Kennedy Library
Boston, MA
Oral History: 1964. 72 pages.
Oral History: October 31, 1968. 31 pages. Furnished by Lyndon Baines Johnson Library.

Library of Congress
Manuscript Division
Washington, DC
Oral History: 1976. 17 pages. Former Members of Congress.

Massachusetts Historical Society
Boston, MA
Papers: 1925-1975 (bulk 1945-1967). 650 linear feet. Correspondence and papers, audiovisual materials, photographs, and scrapbooks. Processing in progress. Appointment necessary.
Additional Papers: Correspondence in Nathaniel Saltonstall papers, 1755-1909.

Mississippi State University
Mitchell Memorial Library
Mississippi State, MS
Oral History: June 8, 1976. 22 pages. Reminiscence of Stennis, the firing of General MacArthur, Harry Truman, civil rights legislation, the McCarthy censure, Lyndon Johnson, John F. Kennedy, and the Armed Services Committee. In the John C. Stennis papers.

Peabody Essex Museum
Salem, MA
Papers: Correspondence in James Henry Duncan papers, 1668-1910.

Pierpont Morgan Library
New York, NY
Papers: 1964. 1 item.

Princeton University
Dulles Oral History Project
Princeton, NJ
Oral History: 1966. 21 pages.

Radcliffe College
Schlesinger Library
Cambridge, MA
Papers: In Miriam Van Waters papers, 1861-1971; Eva Whiting White papers, 1900-1965; Edith Nourse Rogers papers, 1854-1961; Eunice Lundbeck Mannheim papers, 1926-1961; Rosa Marie Finnochietti Levis papers, 1890-1959; Mary Lee papers, 1834-1982; Mildred Buchanan Flagg papers, 1876-1955 (bulk 1900-1955); Harriet Louise Hardy papers, 1910-1984 (bulk 1924-1980); Martha Ray Eliot papers, 1898-1979; Amelia Earhart papers, 1835-1977; and Consumers' League of Massachusetts records, 1891-1955.

University of Massachusetts Amherst
Amherst, MA
Papers: Interview in John W. Haigis papers, 1903-1974.

University of Michigan
Bentley Historical Library
Ann Arbor, MI
Papers: Correspondence in Arthur Hendrick Vandenberg papers, 1884-1974; and Blair Moody papers, 1928-1954. Finding aid.
Research Libraries Information Network In addition to the institutions listed above, items are also cataloged in collections at: Alabama Department of Archives and History, Montgomery, AL; Cornell University Libraries, Ithaca, NY; Rutgers University Libraries, New Brunswick, NJ; Stanford University Library, Stanford, CA; Syracuse University, George Arents Research Library, Syracuse, NY; University of Toledo Library, Toledo, OH; and Yale University Library, New Haven, CT.

  • Saltonstall, Leverett, as told to Edward Weeks. Salty: Recollections of a Yankee in Politics. Boston: Boston Globe, 1976.
  • U.S. Congress. Tributes to the Honorable Leverett Saltonstall of Massachusetts in the Congress of the United States on the Occasion of His Retirement as a Senator. 89th Cong., 2d sess., 1966. Washington: Government Printing Office, 1966.