Rare William Gaston Photograph Cabinet Card Politican & Governor of Massachusetts 1875-1876
c. 1880 Photograph Cabinet Size Card of William Gaston (1820–1894), 29th Governor of Massachusetts 1875-1876, Extremely Fine.
This original c. 1880 Gaston Photograph Cabinet Card has credit by "Elmer Chickering, Boston." Trivial edge loss at bottom with faint foxing spots at top of albumen, as shown. There is considerable loss to the blank reverse side from a prior mounting, overall in quite nice condition for display. Much more information presented online. Very rare.
(William Gaston) (1820 – 1894), was the 29th Governor of Massachusetts in 1875 - 1876. William Gaston had established a successful legal practice in the City of Roxbury, Massachusetts before entering politics. He served as a Representative in the State Legislature, as Roxbury's City Solicitor , and as its Mayor . He resumed his private practice of law until 1868, when he served in the Massachusetts Senate for a year. The City of Boston annexed Roxbury in 1868, and in 1871, Gaston was elected Mayor of Boston. Running for Governor as a Democrat, Gaston defeated incumbent Thomas Talbot who had supported the continuance of statewide prohibition by his veto. Gaston promoted a law repealing the Commonwealth's prohibition law, leaving such restrictions to the determination of localities. Governor Gaston was defeated in his reelection bid by Alexander Rice. Gaston returned to his extremely successful legal practice, gaining renown as a trial attorney. He served as President of the Boston Bar Association from 1880 to 1881. Gaston and his wife Louisa Augusta (Beecher) were the parents of William Alexander Gaston, who ran for Governor of Massachusetts in 1902 and 1903 but lost.