Rufus Smith FROST, Congress, MA (1826-1894)


FROST, Rufus Smith, a Representative from Massachusetts; born in Marlboro, Cheshire County, N.H., July 18, 1826; moved to Boston, Mass., in 1833; attended the public schools; engaged in mercantile pursuits; mayor of Chelsea, Mass., in 1867 and 1868; member of the State senate in 1871 and 1872 and of the Governorâs council in 1873 and 1874; presented credentials as a Republican Member-elect to the Forty-fourth Congress and served from March 4, 1875, until July 28, 1876, when he was succeeded by Josiah G. Abbott, who contested his election; unsuccessful candidate for election in 1876 to the Forty-fifth Congress; president of the National Association of Woolen Manufacturers 1877-1884; president of the Boston Board of Trade 1878-1880; president of the New England Conservatory of Music; one of the founders of the New England Law and Order League and of the Boston Art Club; delegate to the Republican National Convention in 1892; died in Chicago, Ill., March 6, 1894; interment in Woodlawn Cemetery, Chelsea, Mass.

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