World Library  
Flag as Inappropriate
Email this Article

Robert Luce

Article Id: WHEBN0004302663
Reproduction Date:

Title: Robert Luce  
Author: World Heritage Encyclopedia
Language: English
Subject: Louis A. Frothingham, William Claflin, Members of the U.S. House of Representatives from Massachusetts, Joseph Walsh (Massachusetts), Edward P. Little
Publisher: World Heritage Encyclopedia

Robert Luce

Robert Luce
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Massachusetts's 13th district district
In office
March 4, 1919 – March 3, 1933
Preceded by William Henry Carter
Succeeded by Richard B. Wigglesworth
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Massachusetts's 9th district district
In office
March 4, 1933 – January 3, 1935
Preceded by Charles L. Underhill
Succeeded by Richard M. Russell
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Massachusetts's 9th district district
In office
January 3, 1937 – January 3, 1941
Preceded by Richard M. Russell
Succeeded by Thomas H. Eliot
42nd Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts
In office
Governor Eugene Foss
Preceded by Louis A. Frothingham
Succeeded by David I. Walsh
Personal details
Born December 2, 1862
Auburn, Maine
Died April 7, 1946(1946-04-07) (aged 83)
Waltham, Massachusetts
Political party Republican
For the mathematical psychologist see Robert Duncan Luce

Robert Luce (December 2, 1862 – April 7, 1946) was a United States Representative from Massachusetts. Born in Auburn, Maine, Luce attended the public schools of Auburn and Lewiston, Maine, and Somerville, Massachusetts. He graduated from Harvard University in 1882, then taught at Waltham High School for a year.

He engaged in journalism, founding and serving as president of the Luce’s Press Clipping Bureau in Boston and New York City. He was elected a member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives in 1899 and 1901-1908. He studied law and was admitted to the bar, but did not engage in extensive practice. He served as president of the Republican State Convention in 1910. He was elected Lieutenant Governor in 1912. He was a member of the Massachusetts Teachers Retirement Board. He was a delegate to the State constitutional convention 1917-1919, and served as president of the Republican Club of Massachusetts in 1918. He was Regent of the Smithsonian Institution, and was an author, notably on the subject of political science.

Luce was elected as a Republican to the Sixty-sixth and the seven succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1919-January 3, 1935). He served as chairman of the Committee on Elections No. 2 (Sixty-seventh Congress), and the Committee on World War Veterans’ Legislation (Sixty-eighth Congress). Along with Senator Henrik Shipstead of Minnesota, he introduced the bill that became the Shipstead-Luce Act, which expanded the oversight of the United States Commission of Fine Arts to review of new structures on private property abutting federal land.

Luce was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1934 to the Seventy-fourth Congress, but was elected to the Seventy-fifth and Seventy-sixth Congresses (January 3, 1937-January 3, 1941). He was again unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1940 to the Seventy-seventh Congress. Luce resumed his former business pursuits, and died in Waltham on April 7, 1946. He was interred in Mount Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge.

For many years Luce owned the Walter S. and Melissa E. Barnes House in Somerville.[1]


  1. ^ "NRHP nomination for Walter S. and Melissa E. Barnes House". Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Retrieved 2014-02-28. 
Political offices
Preceded by
Louis A. Frothingham
Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts
Succeeded by
David I. Walsh
This article was sourced from Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License; additional terms may apply. World Heritage Encyclopedia content is assembled from numerous content providers, Open Access Publishing, and in compliance with The Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act (FASTR), Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., Public Library of Science, The Encyclopedia of Life, Open Book Publishers (OBP), PubMed, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and, which sources content from all federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial government publication portals (.gov, .mil, .edu). Funding for and content contributors is made possible from the U.S. Congress, E-Government Act of 2002.
Crowd sourced content that is contributed to World Heritage Encyclopedia is peer reviewed and edited by our editorial staff to ensure quality scholarly research articles.
By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. World Heritage Encyclopedia™ is a registered trademark of the World Public Library Association, a non-profit organization.

Copyright © World Library Foundation. All rights reserved. eBooks from Project Gutenberg are sponsored by the World Library Foundation,
a 501c(4) Member's Support Non-Profit Organization, and is NOT affiliated with any governmental agency or department.