Albert E. Pillsbury
Albert Enoch Pillsbury (August 19, 1849 – December 23, 1930) was a Boston lawyer who served in both houses of the Massachusetts legislature, president of the Massachusetts State Senate, and as the Attorney General of Massachusetts from 1891 to 1894. In addition to being a member of the National Negro Committee, the precursor to the NAACP, Pillsbury was a member of the Boston Committee to Advance the Cause of the Negro, which in 1911 became a branch of the NAACP. It was Pillsbury who drafted the bylaws of the NAACP. In 1913, he resigned his membership in the American Bar Association when that organization rejected the membership of William H. Lewis, a black assistant U.S. attorney and supporter of Booker T. Washington. In 1913, Pillsbury was awarded an honorary LL.D. degree from Howard University. It was there he delivered his speech illuminating, defending and praising President Lincoln's role in ending slavery that became a small book, Lincoln and Slavery.
Albert Enoch Pillsbury
|Massachusetts Attorney General|
|Governor||William E. Russell|
|Preceded by||Andrew J. Waterman|
|Succeeded by||Hosea M. Knowlton|
|President of the|
|Preceded by||George A. Bruce|
|Succeeded by||Halsey J. Boardman|
|Member of the|
Sixth Suffolk District
|Member of the|
Massachusetts House of Representatives
Ward 17 Boston Boston
|Delegate to the|
for the Ninth Norfolk District
June 6, 1917 – April 6, 1918
|Born||August 19, 1849|
Milford, New Hampshire
|Died||December 23, 1930 (aged 81)|
|Spouse(s)||Louisa Fuller (Johnson) Wheeler, m. July 9, 1889.|
Elizabeth Mooney, m. July 1, 1905.
|Children||Elizabeth Dinsmoor, b. July 21, 1907|
Parker Webster, b. March 17, 1910.
|Alma mater||Lawrence Academy, Harvard College class of 1871.|
1917 Massachusetts Constitutional Convention
In 1916 the Massachusetts legislature and electorate approved a calling of a Constitutional Convention. In May 1917 Pillsbury was elected to serve as a member of the Massachusetts Constitutional Convention of 1917, representing the Ninth Norfolk District of the Massachusetts House of Representatives.
- See Footnote 1 to letter dated "25 Feb 1900" from A. E. Pillsbury to Booker T. Washington. The Booker T. Washington Papers, Vol. 5: 1899-1900, pp.449-450, University of Illinois Press.
- Barnes, Albert Mallard (1921), Report of the secretary of the class of 1871 of Harvard college, Issue 11, Cambridge, MA: The Riverside Press, p. 134.
- Toomey, Daniel P. (1892), Massachusetts of Today: a Memorial of the State, Historical and Biographical, Boston, MA: Columbia Publishing Company, p. 30.
- Journal of the Constitutional Convention of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Massachusetts Constitutional Convention, Boston, MA: Wright & Potter printing co., state printers, 1919, p. 11.
- Journal of the Constitutional Convention of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Massachusetts Constitutional Convention, Boston, MA: Wright & Potter printing co., state printers, 1919, p. 626.
- "A.E. PILLSBURY DIES; A BAY STATE LEADER; Former Attorney General Was President of Massachusetts Senate in 1885-86. PRACTICED LAW 50 YEARS He Was Candidate for Governor in 1893 but Withdrew From Race-- Was 81 Years Old". The New York Times. December 24, 1930. p. 10. Retrieved 1 December 2009.
- Jager, Ronald and Grace Jager, Historical Pillsbury, Friends of Pillsbury State Park, 1976
- Journal of the Constitutional Convention of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Boston, MA: Wright & Potter printing co., state printers, 1919, pp. 7–8
Andrew J. Waterman
| Attorney General of Massachusetts
Hosea M. Knowlton
George A. Bruce
| President of the Massachusetts Senate
1885 — 1886
Halsey J. Boardman