Curtis Guild, Jr.

Curtis Guild, Jr.
Curtis Guild, Jr.
43rd Governor of Massachusetts
In office
January 4, 1906 – January 7, 1909
Lieutenant Ebenezer S. Draper
Preceded by William L. Douglas
Succeeded by Ebenezer S. Draper
39th Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts
In office
Governor John L. Bates (1903-1905)
William Lewis Douglas (1905-1906)
Preceded by John L. Bates
Succeeded by Ebenezer S. Draper
Personal details
Born February 2, 1860(1860-02-02)
Boston, Massachusetts
Died April 6, 1915(1915-04-06) (aged 55)
Boston, Massachusetts
Political party Republican

Curtis Guild, Jr. (February 2, 1860 - April 6, 1915) was the 43rd Governor of Massachusetts in the United States. He served from 1906 to 1909.



Early life and education

Curtis Guild, Jr. was born in Boston, Massachusetts on February 2, 1860 to a prominent family involved in the journalism business. The Guild family was descended from John Guild and Elizabeth Crooke, early immigrants to the Boston area. His father, Curtis Guild, Sr. published the Commercial Bulletin, was a supporter of the arts, and served as president of the Bostonian Society.[1]

Guild attended Harvard College.

Early career

After graduation from college, Guild worked for his father's newspaper.[1]

Guild served as a member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives in 1881.[1]

In 1891, Guild joined the Massachusetts Volunteer Militia, earning the rank of Brigadier General by 1898.[1] During the Spanish-American War, he served as Inspector General of Havana.[1]

Election to governorship

In 1903, Guild was elected to serve as Lieutenant Governor in the administrations of John L. Bates and William L. Douglas. He was elected Governor for three terms, beginning in 1905 and served in that capacity from 1906 until 1909.

Assassination attempt

In 1907, an escaped aslyum patient entered the Massachusetts State House with a handgun. Upon seeing a group of men entering the State House, the patient fired, aiming at a man named Edward Cohen, a union leader from Lynn, mistakenly believing him to be the governor.[1]


After his tenure in the Massachusetts State House was concluded, Guild unsuccessfully ran for Republican nomination for Vice-President. He served as Special Ambassador to Russia, a position he held from 1911 until 1913.

Curtis Guild, Jr. died on April 6, 1915. He is interred at Forest Hills Cemetery, Jamaica Plain (Boston), Massachusetts.


The Curtis Guild Elementary School, in East Boston, is named for the former governor. Also the Massachusetts National Guard Base Camp Curtis Guild is named in Guild's memory. The Camp Curtis Guild Composite Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol Massachusetts Wing also bears his name.


  1. ^ a b c d e f Official Commonwealth of Massachusetts Governor Biography Retrieved April 18, 2006.

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Political offices
Preceded by
John L. Bates
Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts
Succeeded by
Ebenezer S. Draper
Preceded by
William L. Douglas
Governor of Massachusetts
1906 – 1909
Succeeded by
Ebenezer S. Draper

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