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Frederick Octavius Prince
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Trustee of the Boston Public Library, 1888-1899. President of the Board of Trustees, 1895-1899. Lawyer and politician. Born 1818 and died 1899 in Boston. Frederick Prince, a graduate of Boston Latin School and of Harvard University, was admitted to the Boston bar in 1840. He was a representative of the town of Winchester and later served as Massachusetts Senator from the Democratic Party. He served a single term as Mayor of Boston in 1877 and was re-elected to serve from 1879 to 1881. It was during his 1879 inaugural speech when Frederick Prince advocated the building of a new edifice to accommodate the growing library. He was later appointed to the board to oversee the construction of the new building on Copley Square. Under his leadership, the Board supervised the execution of McKim’s plans with “good taste and artistic judgment, and sufficient backbone to fearlessly exercise them.” A bust of Prince by John Francis Paramino given by Gordon C. Prince in 1965 now stands in the Cushman Room.

Professional and Industrial History of Suffolk County, Massachusetts
. Boston: Boston History Company, 1894.

Wadlin, Horace G. The Public Library of the City of Boston: A History. Boston: Trustees of the Boston Public Library, 1911.

Whitehill, Walter Muir. Boston Public Library: A Centennial History. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1956.

"Frederick O. Prince", engraving, n.d., Print Dept.