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Albert P. Langtry

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Albert P. Langtry
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Massachusetts Secretary of the Commonwealth
In office
April 28, 1911[1][2] – 1913
Preceded by William M. Olin
Succeeded by Frank J. Donahue
In office
1915[1] – 1921
Preceded by Frank J. Donahue
Succeeded by Frederic W. Cook
Acting Treasurer and Receiver-General of Massachusetts
In office
September 4, 1920 – September 8, 1920
Preceded by Fred J. Burrell
Succeeded by James Jackson
Member of the
Massachusetts House of Representatives[1]
5th Hampden District[3]
In office
1909 – April 27, 1911[4]
Personal details
Born July 27, 1860[1]
Wakefield, Massachusetts, U.S.
Died August 28, 1939(1939-08-28) (aged 79)[5]
Melrose, Massachusetts, U.S.
Political party Republican[1]
Spouse(s) Sarah C. Spear

Albert Perkins Langtry (July 27, 1860 in Wakefield, Massachusetts – August 28, 1939) was an American newspaper editor and publisher, politician, Massachusetts Secretary of the Commonwealth, and a member of the Republican Party.[1]


Albert Perkins Langtry was born on July 27, 1860 in Wakefield, Massachusetts, the son of Joseph Langtry, the owner of a harness shop, and Sarah Jane Lakin.

With a grammar school education, Langtry started working as a boy in an office. He was married to Sarah C. Spear in 1886.

Langtry was a reporter for the Brooklyn Union and later became manager of the Long Island edition of the Brooklyn Times.

In 1890, Langtry moved to Springfield, Massachusetts and became editor and publisher of the Springfield Union and continued to manage that paper until 1923. During his tenure, he expanded the newspaper, adding morning and Sunday editions, and he instituted editorial policies that promoted the Republican Party. Langtry also served on the board of directors of The Associated Press from 1903 to 1906.[6][7]

Langtry was a member of the Massachusetts Republican State Committee from 1903 to 1910. Langtry served as a member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives from 1909 to April 27, 1911.[1][4][8][9]

Secretary of the Commonwealth

Langtry was elected Secretary of the Commonwealth by the state legislature April 26, 1911.[1] In the vote of the legislature Langtry defeated Democrat Frank J. Donahue 151 Votes to 123.[10] to serve the remaining term of William M. Olin, who died in office,[9] Langtry took up his duties as Secretary of the Commonwealth on April 28, 1911,[2] and he was elected to full term later that year[11] He served until 1913 when he was defeated for re-election. He was elected Secretary of the Commonwealth again in 1915 and served until 1921. as

Acting Treasurer of Massachusetts

After Fred J. Burrell resigned as the Massachusetts Treasurer, Langtry, Henry A. Wyman and John R. Macumber served as a committee to administer the Treasurer's Office until the Governor's appointment of James Jackson could be confirmed by the Massachusetts Governor's Council.[12]

Return to Journalism

In 1923 and 1924, Langtry purchased the two newspapers serving Waltham, Massachusetts, the Evening News and the Free Press Tribune. He combined the two papers into the Waltham News-Tribune (now The Daily News Tribune) and served as its publisher.[13][14]


Langtry died at Melrose Hospital in Melrose, Massachusetts on August 28, 1939.[5]


  • Langtry, Albert P. ed., Metropolitan Boston: A Modern History 5 vols., New York, Lewis Historical Publishing (1929).



External links

  • Langtry, Albert Perkins at Access Genealogy
  • Albert P Langtry, Secretary of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Political offices
Preceded by
William M. Olin
17th Massachusetts Secretary of the Commonwealth
Succeeded by
Frank J. Donahue
Preceded by
Frank J. Donahue
19th Massachusetts Secretary of the Commonwealth
Succeeded by
Frederic W. Cook
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