He was the son of Leverett Saltonstall (1783-1845) and Mary Elizabeth Sanders Saltonstall (1788-1858). He graduated from Harvard College in 1844, and received his law degree from Harvard in 1847. He practiced law until 1860, when he became active in the Massachusetts Democratic party, and although he was frequently nominated as a candidate for Congress, he was never elected. In 1876, he was appointed chief Massachusetts commissioner for the Philadelphia Centennial Exposition, and also helped to oversee the 1876 Florida ballot controversy that arose as part of the Tilden-Hayes presidential election. He was appointed the collector of the port of Boston by Pres. Grover Cleveland in 1885, serving until 1889, and was a member of the Board of Overseers of Harvard University from 1889 until his death in 1895.
Saltonstall married Rose Smith Lee (b. 1835), of Salem in 1854, and they lived in Chestnut Hill (Brookline), Massachusetts. His children were Leverett Saltonstall (1855-1863), Richard Middlecott Saltonstall (1859-1922), Rose Lee Saltonstall [West] (1861-1891), Mary Elizabeth Saltonstall [Shaw] (b. 1862), Philip Leverett Saltonstall (1867-1919), and Endicott Peabody Saltonstall (1872-1922).
Leverett Saltonstall (1825-1895, right) sitting next to his Harvard classmate Charles William Dabney, Jr. and an unidentified friend, c. 1850.
Leverett Saltonstall traveled with Charles William Dabney, Jr., Harvard classmate, after graduation and generally had a difficult time settling down; it was said that he was forced by his mother, against his will, to marry. He graduated from Harvard College in 1844, and received his law degree from Harvard in 1847. He practiced law until 1860, when he became active in the Massachusetts Democratic party, and although he was frequently nominated as a candidate for Congress, he was never elected.
Days of Love: Celebrating LGBT History One Story at a Time by Elisa Rolle
Paperback: 760 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (July 1, 2014)
Amazon: Days of Love: Celebrating LGBT History One Story at a Time
Days of Love chronicles more than 700 LGBT couples throughout history, spanning 2000 years from Alexander the Great to the most recent winner of a Lambda Literary Award. Many of the contemporary couples share their stories on how they met and fell in love, as well as photos from when they married or of their families. Included are professional portraits by Robert Giard and Stathis Orphanos, paintings by John Singer Sargent and Giovanni Boldini, and photographs by Frances Benjamin Johnson, Arnold Genthe, and Carl Van Vechten among others. “It's wonderful. Laying it out chronologically is inspired, offering a solid GLBT history. I kept learning things. I love the decision to include couples broken by death. It makes clear how important love is, as well as showing what people have been through. The layout and photos look terrific.” Christopher Bram “I couldn’t resist clicking through every page. I never realized the scope of the book would cover centuries! I know that it will be hugely validating to young, newly-emerging LGBT kids and be reassured that they really can have a secure, respected place in the world as their futures unfold.” Howard Cruse “This international history-and-photo book, featuring 100s of detailed bios of some of the most forward-moving gay persons in history, is sure to be one of those bestsellers that gay folk will enjoy for years to come as reference and research that is filled with facts and fun.” Jack Fritscher
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