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Beekman Winthrop

Beekman Winthrop
Governor of Puerto Rico
In office
July 4, 1904 – April 17, 1907
President Theodore Roosevelt
Preceded by William Henry Hunt
Succeeded by Regis Henri Post
Personal details
Born (1874-09-18)September 18, 1874
Orange, New Jersey
Died November 10, 1940(1940-11-10) (aged 66)
Political party Republican
Profession Lawyer
Former residence of Beekman Winthrop in Washington, D.C.

Beekman Winthrop (September 18, 1874 – November 10, 1940) was a New York lawyer and Governor of Puerto Rico from 1904 to 1907. He was later an Assistant Secretary of the Treasury.

The son of Robert Winthrop, Beekman came from a family of wealth and influence in New York (though he was born in Orange, New Jersey) and attended Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts where he received an undergraduate degree in 1897 and a law degree in 1900. A descendant of both John Winthrop, first Governor of Massachusetts, and John Winthrop, the Younger, first Governor of Connecticut, within four years after graduating he became first a personal secretary to (future President) William Howard Taft while he was Governor-General of the Philippines, and later was appointed as a judge in the Court of First Instance in the Philippines. He was known to be a personal friend of Theodore Roosevelt and was appointed by him in 1904 as Governor of Puerto Rico, at the age of only 28, shortly after marrying Melza Riggs Wood (1870-1928), four years his senior, who became First Lady of Puerto Rico.[1]

Winthrop took office as governor on July 4, 1904, and served until April 17, 1907. On his inauguration, he promised improvements to the educational system of Puerto Rico. Winthrop was a strong proponent of bringing citizenship and locally elected officials to Puerto Rico.

In 1907, Winthrop was appointed as Assistant Secretary of the Treasury by President Theodore Roosevelt. In 1909, he was made Assistant Secretary of the Navy by President Taft, a post he retained (with time as Acting Secretary) until 1913, when he was succeeded by a young New Yorker, Franklin D. Roosevelt..

Following his public life, he was a director of National City Bank. He resigned from that position in 1916. He subsequently worked as a director of Robert Winthrop and Co.


  • BEEKMAN WINTHROP The Independent ... Devoted to the Consideration of Politics, Social and Economic Tendencies, History, Literature, and the Arts. New York: Jun 16, 1904.Vol.56, Iss. 2898; pg. 1373, 1 pgs
  • SENATE CONFIRMATIONS.; MILITARY, NAVAL AND CIVIL. Los Angeles Times. Los Angeles, Calif.: Apr 28, 1904. pg. 4, 1 pgs
  • The Work of Congress. The Independent ... Devoted to the Consideration of Politics, Social and Economic Tendencies, History, Literature, and the Arts. New York: Apr 28, 1904.Vol.56, Iss. 2891; pg. 933, 2 pgs
  • WINTHROP INAUGURATED. The Washington Post. Washington, D.C.: Jul 5, 1904. pg. 1, 1 pgs
  • A COLONIAL GOVERNOR AT TWENTY-EIGHT By Frederick T. Birchall. Leslie's Monthly Magazine. New York: Dec 1904.Vol.VOLUME LIX., Iss. NO. 2; pg. 172, 2 pgs
  • BEEKMAN WINTHROP NAMED; Boy Governor to be Assistant Secretary of Treasury. The Washington Post. Washington, D.C.: Mar 3, 1907. pg. 1, 1 pgs
  • BEEKMAN WINTHROP NAMED.; Taft Selects Him for First Assistant Secretary of Treasury. The Atlanta Constitution (1881–2001). Atlanta, Ga.: Dec 30, 1908. pg. 9, 1 pgs
  • STATE WANTS FIGUREHEAD. The Washington Post. Washington, D.C.: Jun 22, 1909. pg. 4, 1 pgs
  • Resignations from National City Bank Wall Street Journal. New York, N.Y.: Oct 18, 1916. pg. 8, 1 pgs
  • KERMIT AND BIG BIRD SLEPT HERE. The Wall Street Journal. New York, N.Y.: February 8, 2011.
  • New York Times obituary, November 11, 1940
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Government offices
Preceded by
William Henry Hunt
Governor of Puerto Rico
Succeeded by
Regis Henri Prost
Preceded by
Herbert L. Satterlee
Assistant Secretary of the Navy
March 6, 1909 – March 16, 1913
Succeeded by
Franklin D. Roosevelt
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