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George Glover Crocker Collection

 Collection — Container: MS 2838
Call Number: MS 2838

Scope and Contents

This collection documents George Glover Crocker’s (1843-1913) leadership role in public transportation and government matters.  Among the subjects covered are taxation, tax reform, women’s rights, political appointments (both Crocker’s and others) and requests for speaking engagements and consultations.  In addition, Crocker’s philanthropic interests in such institutions as the Harvard Veterinary School and social activities, especially with the Thursday Evening Club and a group called the “Patriots,” are also documented. Letters to his wife, Mrs. Annie Crocker, are scattered throughout.


  • 1864-1918


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The collection is open for research.

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Biographical / Historical

George Glover Crocker (1843-1913) graduated from Boston Latin School in 1860, from Harvard in 1864 and from Harvard Law School in 1867. He was admitted to the bar in 1867 and established a law practice in Boston with his brother Uriel H. Crocker. From 1873 to 1875 he served in the Massachusetts House of Representatives and was secretary of the Republican state committee from 1877-1879. Crocker was a member of the State Senate from 1880 to 1884 and was its president during the year 1883-1884. He was appointed to the state board of railroad commissioners in 1887 and was its chairman until he resigned in January 1892. From 1894 to 1899, he served on the Boston Transit Commission—which supervised the construction of Boston’s subway.  He was also a member of the Massachusetts Board of Railroad Commissioners, for which he was chairman from 1887-1892.  Lastly, he was Chairman of the Joint Board on Metropolitan Improvements from 1909-1910. Crocker was the author of Principles of Procedure in Deliberative Bodies (1894) and From the Stagecoach to the Railroad Train and Street Car (1900). He died in Cohasset in 1913.


1.50 Cubic Feet

Language of Materials



Arranged into two series:

1. Correspondence

2. Memorabilia

Source of Acquisition


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Revision Statements

  • 2014: Updated by Megan Rupp, 2014.

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