Gaspar G. Bacon

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Gaspar Griswold Bacon
Gaspar Griswold Bacon, Sr in his passport application.jpg
51st Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts
In office
GovernorJoseph B. Ely[1]
Preceded byWilliam S. Youngman
Succeeded byJoseph L. Hurley
President of the Massachusetts Senate[2]
In office
1929[2] – 1932[2]
Preceded byWellington Wells
Succeeded byErland F. Fish
Member of the
Massachusetts Senate
Sixth Suffolk Senate District
In office
1925[2] – 1932[2]
Personal details
BornMarch 7, 1886[2]
Jamaica Plain, Boston
DiedDecember 25, 1947(1947-12-25) (aged 61)
Dedham, Massachusetts
Political partyRepublican[3]
Priscilla Tolland
(m. 1910; his death 1947)
ChildrenGaspar G. Bacon, Jr.
ParentsRobert Bacon
RelativesRobert Low Bacon, brother
Residence222 Prince Street, Boston (Jamaica Plain), Massachusetts[3]

Gaspar Griswold Bacon, Sr. (March 7, 1886 – December 25, 1947) served on the board of overseers of Harvard University, he was the President of the Massachusetts Senate[3] from 1929 to 1932.[2] and the 51st lieutenant governor of Massachusetts[1] from 1933[2] to 1935.


Bacon was born in Jamaica Plain, Boston, on March 7, 1886, to Robert Bacon.[2] Bacon had a brother, Robert L. Bacon.[4]

Bacon received his undergraduate degree from Harvard College in 1908;[3] he then went on to earn his law degree from Harvard Law School in 1912.[3][5]

In 1912, Bacon actively campaigned for Theodore Roosevelt and the Progressive Party. He was involved in the founding of the Military School at Harvard College in 1919. He was also a lecturer on the staff of Boston University in the late 1920s.

In 1920, he was a supporter of Leonard Wood's campaign for the Republican nomination for president and was a delegate to the Republican National Convention that year. Bacon served in the Massachusetts State Senate in from 1925 to 1932.[6] From 1933 to 1934, he was Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts.[6]

Bacon was in American forces sent to Mexico under General Pershing in 1916. Bacon was in the Field Artillery Officers' Reserve Corps, where he served as a captain and major during World War I.[7][6]

During World War II, Bacon was a lieutenant colonel on General George Patton's staff, where he served for three years and ten months, in the G5, as the chief of the Government Affairs Branch.[7]

Bacon died on Christmas Day, December 25, 1947, in Dedham, Massachusetts.[4][6] His funeral was held at St. Paul's Protestant Episcopal Church.[8] He was buried in Walnut Hills Cemetery in Brookline, Massachusetts.


Family life[edit]

Bacon married Priscilla Tolland on July 16, 1910, in St. Thomas' Church in Whitemarsh, Pennsylvania.[9] Bacon and his wife were the parents of three sons. One of Bacon's sons was the actor Gaspar G. Bacon, Jr., better known as David Bacon.[10][11]

See also[edit]


  • Bacon, Gaspar G. The Constitution of the United States in Some of Its Fundamental Aspects. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Press, 1928. OCLC 1201082
  • Bacon, Gaspar G. The Founding of the Town of Barnstable, Commonwealth of Massachusetts: 1639–1939, Tercentenary Address. Barnstable, MA: [publisher not identified], 1939. OCLC 828629383
  • Bacon, Gaspar G. Political Parties in the United States: Empty Bottles or Flowing Streams. Boston, Mass. : [publisher not identified], 1940. OCLC 958275937
  • Bacon, Gaspar G., and Wendell Dearborn Howie. One by One. Cambridge, Massachusetts: [Harvard University Print. Office], 1943. OCLC 1446768


  1. ^ a b Howard, Richard T. (1933), Public Officials of Massachusetts (1933–1934), Boston, MA: The Boston Review, p. 22.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i Howard, Richard T. (1933), Public Officials of Massachusetts (1933–1934), Boston, MA: The Boston Review, p. 23.
  3. ^ a b c d e f Howard, Richard T. (1931), Public Officials of Massachusetts (1931–1932), Boston, MA: The Boston Review, p. 38.
  4. ^ a b Parkman Dexter Howe (1947). "Gaspar Griswold Bacon". Proceedings of the Massachusetts Historical Society, Third Series. 69. JSTOR 25080427.
  5. ^ "Jamaica Plain Historical Society – 'People' Editor – – Gaspar Griswold Bacon".
  6. ^ a b c d e f Marquis Who's Who, Inc. Who Was Who in American History, the Military. Chicago: Marquis Who's Who, 1975. P. 22 ISBN 0837932017 OCLC 657162692
  7. ^ a b Lyons, Louis M. (June 11, 1945), The Germans in This City Look Pretty Peaked to Me, Boston, Massachusetts: The Boston Globe, retrieved October 19, 2015
  8. ^ "Gaspar G. Bacon Funeral. Massachusetts Officials and Educators Attend Service". New York Times. United Press. December 28, 1947.
  9. ^ Lichtblau, Eric (July 17, 1910). "Gaspar Bacon Weds. Ambassador's Son Married to Daughter of Mr. and Mrs. E.D. Toland" (PDF). The New York Times. p. 9. Retrieved October 19, 2015.
  10. ^ "Gaspar Bacon Jr. Will Lead the Cast of the Hasty Pudding Club in Philadelphia". New York Times. February 28, 1937.
  11. ^ "D.G. Bacon Is Slain As In Movie Roles. Identity Of The Killer, Reported With Him In Car, And Motive Mystify Los Angeles Police". New York Times. September 14, 1943.
Party political offices
Preceded by
William S. Youngman
Republican nominee for Governor of Massachusetts
Succeeded by
John W. Haigis
Political offices
Preceded by
Wellington Wells
President of the Massachusetts Senate
Succeeded by
Erland F. Fish
Preceded by
William S. Youngman
Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts
Succeeded by
Joseph L. Hurley