Leverett Saltonstall

politician and United States Army officer 1892-1979

Leverett A. Saltonstall (September 1, 1892 – June 17, 1979) was an American lawyer and politician. He was the 55th Governor of Massachusetts, and for more than twenty years as a United States Senator (1945–1967). He was the only member of the Republican Senate leadership to vote for the censure of Joseph McCarthy.

Leverett Saltonstall
Chair of the Senate Republican Conference
In office
January 3, 1957 – January 3, 1967
LeaderKenneth S. Wherry
Styles Bridges
Robert A. Taft
William F. Knowland
DeputyMilton Young
Preceded byEugene Millikin
Succeeded byMargaret Chase Smith
Senate Minority Whip
In office
January 3, 1955 – January 3, 1957
LeaderWilliam F. Knowland
Preceded byEarle C. Clements
Succeeded byEverett Dirksen
In office
January 3, 1949 – January 3, 1953
LeaderKenneth S. Wherry
Styles Bridges
Preceded byScott W. Lucas
Succeeded byEarle C. Clements
Senate Majority Whip
In office
January 3, 1953 – January 3, 1955
LeaderRobert A. Taft
William F. Knowland
Preceded byLyndon B. Johnson
Succeeded byEarle C. Clements
United States Senator
from Massachusetts
In office
January 4, 1945 – January 3, 1967
Preceded bySinclair Weeks
Succeeded byEdward Brooke
Chair of the National Governors Association
In office
June 20, 1943 – May 28, 1944
Preceded byHerbert O'Conor
Succeeded byHerbert B. Maw
55th Governor of Massachusetts
In office
January 5, 1939 – January 4, 1945[1]
LieutenantHorace T. Cahill
Preceded byCharles F. Hurley
Succeeded byMaurice J. Tobin
Speaker of the Massachusetts House of Representatives
In office
January 1929 – January 1937
Preceded byJohn Hull
Succeeded byHorace T. Cahill
Personal details
Born(1892-09-01)September 1, 1892
Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, U.S.
DiedJune 17, 1979(1979-06-17) (aged 86)
Dover, Massachusetts, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Alice Wesselhoeft (m. 1916)
EducationHarvard University (BA, LLB)
Military service
Allegiance United States
Branch/service United States Army
Years of service1917−1919
Rank First Lieutenant
Unit301st Field Artillery
Battles/warsWorld War I


  1. "Tobin Becomes State's 53d Governor Today". The Boston Globe. January 4, 1945. p. 1. Retrieved March 16, 2018 – via pqarchiver.com.[permanent dead link]