On Saturday, October 15th at 2pm, the Haverhill Citizens Hall of Fame inducted two new members, inside the Johnson Auditorium at the Haverhill Public Library.
Dr. Paul M. Bevilacqua, chairman of the Haverhill Citizens Hall of Fame committee opened the 9th Induction Ceremony for the Haverhill HoF.
Committee member, E. Philip Brown inducted Arthur Harrison Cole (1889-1974) into the HoF.
- Cole was born Nov. 21, 1889 in Haverhill. He attended Governor Dummer Academy and graduated from Bowdoin College with a bachelor’s degree. He received his master’s and PhD in economics from Harvard University. He tutored and taught economics at Harvard after completing his dissertation and eventually rose to associate professor.
- Cole worked in the U.S. War Department and the U.S. Tariff Commission from 1917 o 1920. In 1933, he became professor of Business Economics at Harvard Business School. At Baker Library, Cole’s pioneering efforts in collecting and preserving historically significant business records led to the accumulation o one of the fines collections on the subject in the world. He remained an integral part of the scholarly community as managing editor of the Review of Economic Statistics, chairman of Inter-University Research Commission on Economic History, associate editor of the Journal of Economic History, and executive director, Research Center in Entrepreneurial History. He retired to emeritus status from Harvard Business School in 1956.
- Cole married the former Anne Steckel of Pennsylvania on August 5, 1913 and they had two children: Barbara and Jonathan. He died Nov. 10, 1974.
Next, committee secretary, Arthur H. Veasey III introduced the keynote speaker, Hobson Woodward of the Massachusetts Historical Society.
Mr. Woodward enlisted four volunteers from the committee to be the voices of William Smith Shaw, Elizabeth Smith Shaw, Abigail Adams, and John Quincy Adams to read excerpts from letters among them. As narrator and historic interpreter, Mr. Woodward brought insight into the events of the day in Haverhill, the young nation, and the world.
- Shaw was born in Haverhill Aug. 12, 1778 to Reverend John Shaw, minister of the First Parish Meetinghouse, and his wife Elizabeth Smith Shaw. Elizabeth was the sister of Abigail Adams and by all all reports just as distinguished as her famous sister in intellectual power and literary attainments. Although a sickly child, William, or “Billy,” as he came to be known, was admitted to Harvard College at age 16, graduation in 1798.
- After graduation, he was appointed private secretary to his uncle John Adams, by then the second President of the United States. Shaw left the service of the President after Adams’ defeat to Thomas Jefferson in 1801 and became a student of law in the offices of William Sullivan. He was admitted to the bar in 1804.
- It was during this period that his interest in the advancement of literature was re-established.He rapidly secured a reputation as one of the Early Republic’s “men of letters” and was a founder of the Anthology Society, which commenced the establishment of The Boston Athenaeum, the preeminent Reading Room and Library.The Athenaeum became a means for men of intellect and position to disengage from commerce and politics and to focus on the more enlightened subjects of the day. It was an institution to which Shaw remained devoted for the rest of his life as a founding member, secretary, and librarian.
Finally, Dr. Bevilacqua closed the ceremony and all participants and guests partook in refreshments and conversation.