George S. Boutwell Map Collection
Governor George Boutwell (1818-1905) gained prominence as a figure on the national scene when he reorganized the Internal Revenue Bureau as its first commissioner during the Lincoln Administration. As a U.S. Congressman from Massachusetts his strong positions against slavery and support of suffrage for the disenfranchised earned him a reputation that put him on the fringes of the Republican Party. Troubled by Andrew Johnson's Reconstruction policies, he was quite outspoken and active in his pursuit of Johnson's impeachment proceedings. As Secretary of the Treasury under the Grant administration, he overhauled the troubled Treasury Department. He was elected U.S. senator from his home state in 1873 and worked on the Revised Statutes of the U.S. in the Hayes administration. It is likely that he was the beneficiary of these maps, and many others, through his work at the federal level.