Thomas Sanders (1839-1911)

Mr. Sanders was a successful leather merchant in Haverhill (after making a significant change in processing) when he hired Alexander Graham Bell to tutor his deaf-mute son. Sanders became interested in Bell’s experiments with sound transmission and eventually became the chief financial backer in the development of the telephone. As a result, Mr. Sanders became…

Frank Howard Lahey (1880-1953)

The medical clinic Dr. Lahey established in Burlington had achieved international renown even while he was still practicing as a surgeon, in addition to his administration work. He was born in a house at Primrose and Charles Streets in 1880. After graduating from Haverhill High School in 1900, he went on to Harvard to start…

James U. Crockett (1915-1979)

Millions of television viewers got acquainted with this 1933 graduate of Haverhill High School when National Public Television picked up the program that started at Boston’s Channel 2, WGBH. It was titled “Crockett’s Victory Garden.” He began his career in gardening at the Gray & Cole Nursery in Ward Hill and studied horticulture at the…

Brigadier General James Brickett (1738-1818)

Post written by Hall of Fame committee secretary, Arthur Hale Veasey III onto the Facebook group. You can follow the conversation on Facebook, even if you aren’t a member. While having a Facebook account will allow you to participate, you can still read the posts as a non-member. “Born February 16, 1738 in Newbury, Massachusetts,…

Arthur Harrison Cole (1889-1974)

A 2016 inductee to the Haverhill Citizens Hall of Fame 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…

William Smith Shaw (1778-1826)

A 2016 inductee to the Haverhill Citizens Hall of Fame. 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…

Induction Ceremony Highlights

  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…

Induction Ceremony – Will you be there?

You are officially invited to the 2016 Induction Ceremony for the Haverhill Citizens’ Hall of Fame! Won’t you join us? What: Induction of two new members to the Hall of Fame When: Oct. 15, 2 p.m. Highlight: Hobson Woodward of the Massachusetts Historical Society discusses the President John Adams Papers. Where: Haverhill Public Library, 99…

New Inductions!

  The Haverhill Citizens Hall of Fame will add two new members to its illustrious list of the sons and daughters of Haverhill who have achieved fame and whose accomplishments have had a significant impact beyond the borders of their hometown. Committee Chairman Paul Bevilacqua announced that the two new inductees, whose identities will remain confidential until the week…

John Greenleaf Whittier (1807-1892)

Born on a Haverhill farm, occupied for five generations by his Quaker family, John Greenleaf Whittier was an early and ardent opponent of slavery, an editor and a poet. His poetry in the post-Civil War era, including the highly regarded “Snowbound,” eclipsed political activity that listed him among the founders of the Republican Party. A timeline…

Gert Swazey (1855-1934)

Her circus career made Gert Swazey one of Haverhill’s most colorful products. With Barnum and Bailey’s and other circuses, she perfected a four-horse bareback riding act that included a leap through a ring of fire. She was believed to be the first female circus performer to wear tights. From a  tempestuous childhood that included exclusion…