Augustus Peabody GARDNER, Congress, MA (1865-1918)


GARDNER, Augustus Peabody, (uncle of Henry Cabot Lodge, Jr.), a Representative from Massachusetts; born in Boston, Mass., November 5, 1865; attended St. Paul’s School, Concord, N.H., and was graduated from Harvard University in 1886; studied law in Harvard Law School, but never practiced, devoting himself to the management of his estate; captain and assistant adjutant general on the staff of Gen. James H. Wilson during the Spanish-American War; member of the State senate 1900 and 1901; elected as a Republican to the Fifty-seventh Congress by special election, to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of United States Representative William H. Moody, and reelected to the eight succeeding Congresses (November 4, 1902-May 15, 1917); resigned from Congress to enter the Army; chairman, Committee on Industrial Arts and Expositions (Fifty-ninth and Sixtieth Congresses); during the First World War served at Governors Island and in Macon, Ga., as colonel in the Adjutant General’s Department, and later was transferred at his own request to the One Hundred and Thirty-first Regiment, United States Infantry, with the rank of major; died at Camp Wheeler, Macon, Ga., January 14, 1918; interment in Arlington National Cemetery.


Gardner, Augustus Peabody. Some Letters of Augustus Peabody Gardner. Edited by Constance Gardner. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Co., 1920; Gardner, Constance. Augustus Peabody Gardner, Major, United States National Guard, 1865-1918. Cambridge, Mass.: The Riverside Press, privately printed, 1919.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present