FRYE, William Pierce



FRYE, William Pierce, (grandfather of Wallace Humphrey White, Jr.), a Representative and a Senator from Maine; born in Lewiston, Androscoggin County, Maine, September 2, 1830; attended the public schools in Lewiston and graduated from Bowdoin College, Brunswick, Maine, in 1850; studied law; admitted to the bar and commenced practice in Rockland, Maine, in 1853; returned to Lewiston, Maine, and practiced law; member, State house of representatives 1861-1862, 1867; mayor of Lewiston 1866-1867; attorney general of State of Maine 1867-1869; elected as a Republican to the Forty-second and to the five succeeding Congresses and served from March 4, 1871, to March 17, 1881, when he resigned, having been elected Senator; elected as a Republican to the United States Senate on March 15, 1881, to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of James G. Blaine; reelected in 1883, 1889, 1895, 1901, and 1907, and served from March 18, 1881, until his death on August 8, 1911; served as President pro tempore of the Senate during the Fifty-fourth through the Sixty-second Congresses; chairman Committee on Rules (Forty-seventh through Forty-ninth Congresses), Committee on Commerce (Fiftieth through Sixty-second Congresses, except for the Fifty-third Congress); member of the commission which met in Paris in September 1898 to adjust terms of peace between the United States and Spain; died in Lewiston, Maine, August 8, 1911; interment in Riverside Cemetery.

View Record in the Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress

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External Research Collections

Bowdoin College

Brunswick, ME
Papers: 1880-1913. .5 linear foot. Personal and congressional papers and correspondence, speeches, notebooks on coinage and tariff, newsclippings, and a volume of memorial addresses. Letters primarily relate to Bowdoin College.

Brooklyn Historical Society

Brooklyn, NY
Papers: 1 letter in Calvin E. Pratt papers, 1861-1896.

Maine Historical Society

Portland, ME
Papers: Miscellaneous political correspondence.

New Jersey Historical Society

Newark, NJ
Papers: Correspondence in Franklin Murphy papers, 1863-1921.

Syracuse University
George Arents Research Library

Syracuse, NY
Papers: In Levi P. Morton correspondence, 1860-1912.

University of Michigan
Bentley Historical Library

Ann Arbor, MI
Papers: In Oliver Lyman Spaulding papers, 1861-1921.

Washburn-Norlands Library

Livermore Falls, ME
Papers: 1 speech (August 1885) at dedication of Washburn-Norlands Library in Israel Washburn papers, 1842-1882.

Yale University Libraries
Manuscripts and Archives

New Haven, CT
Papers: In Frank Parsons papers, 1888-1908.
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Bibliography / Further Reading

U.S. Congress. William Pierce Frye (Late a Senator from Maine). Memorial Addresses Delivered in the Senate and the House of Representatives of the United States. 62d Cong., 3d sess., 1912-1913. Washington: Government Printing Office, 1913.

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