McCall, Samuel Walker

McCall, Samuel Walker,

1851–1923, American political leader, U.S. Congressman (1893–1913), governor of Massachusetts (1916–18), b. East Providence, Pa. He was a lawyer in Boston when he entered politics. Although a Republican, he spoke out strongly against Theodore Roosevelt's vigorous use of executive power and opposed federal regulatory legislation. He promoted the building of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. He wrote biographies of Thaddeus Stevens (1898) and Thomas B. Reed (1914) and The Business of Congress (1911).
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McCall, Samuel Walker

(1851–1923) U.S. representative, governor; born in East Providence, Pa. A Dartmouth graduate and attorney in Boston (1875–92), he served in the U.S. House of Representatives (Rep., Mass; 1893–1913). Politically independent, he opposed the annexation of the Philippines and spoke against increased federal power during Theodore Roosevelt's presidency. He left to run for senator and was governor of Massachusetts (1916–18). Author of political biographies, he lectured about government at Ivy League colleges (1902–15).
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