William Henry Lewis (1868-1949), Lawyer, Athlete, Public Servant

By Daphne Abeel   William Henry Lewis, a graduate of Amherst College and Harvard Law School, was an outstanding athlete and an orator for his college class (1892). He carried on a successful law practice in Boston, served on the Cambridge City Council, was elected to the Massachusetts legislature, and was appointed assistant attorney general of the United States. He … Read More

Cambridgeport: Its People and Their Stories

By Michael Kenney  Cambridgeport stands, geographically and socially, midway between East Cambridge and Old Cambridge, neither a traditional southern European enclave nor the remnants of Puritan New England. This issue of the Newetowne Chronicle focuses on Cambridgeport and its vibrant past through a collection of articles and a report on the celebration of that past on Cambridgeport History Day. In … Read More

Maria Baldwin, 1856-1922: “An Honor and a Glory”

By Daphne Abeel   Cantabrigian Maria Baldwin, a gifted and imposing African-American educator of the early 20th century, has never lacked recognition. During her lifetime and after her death, she was praised and then remembered. She was exceptional for her era and perhaps for all eras, attracting the attention of the entire community with her engaging personality and great skills … Read More

Cambridge, The Focal Point Of Puritan Life (Part Four)

Catch up on part one of this post here! By Henry Hallam Saunderson Read April 22, 1947   Dealing With Dissenters While the Puritan leaders were carrying forward their highly significant enterprises, they had to deal with forces which endangered the very existence of their Colony, in which increasing thousands of people were investing themselves, their lives, and all that they … Read More

Cambridge, The Focal Point Of Puritan Life (Part Three)

Catch up on part one of this post here! By Henry Hallam Saunderson Read April 22, 1947 The Coming Of Thomas Hooker Newtowne was about to enter on a new phase of its life. In 1632 a congregation from Braintree, in the County of Essex, England, came over to the Colony and began a settlement near Mt. Wollaston. Today the name … Read More

Cambridge, The Focal Point Of Puritan Life (Part Two)

Catch up on part one of this post here! By Henry Hallam Saunderson Read April 22, 1947   Puritans And Politics It was early in the reign of Queen Elizabeth that this party which loved the Bible supremely and asserted the right of private judgment came to have a name, and that name was invented by one of their most powerful … Read More

Cambridge, The Focal Point Of Puritan Life (Part One)

By Henry Hallam Saunderson Read April 22, 1947 The common interpretation of Puritanism is a direct reversal of the historical reality. It is doubtful if any important movement in history has ever been more completely misrepresented. A progressive people have been described as conservative. A movement for breadth is spoken of as narrow. The endeavor to develop and apply kindly, … Read More

A “Townie” Benefactor

By Daphne Abeel   Frederick Hastings Rindge, Cambridge’s most important individual benefactor, was a ‘‘townie’’ who entered Harvard in 1875. The son of Samuel Baker Rindge, a successful merchant and businessman, Frederick grew up in the ‘‘Rindge mansion,’’ which still stands at the corner of Dana and Harvard streets. At Harvard, he was a loyal and enthusiastic student –– and … Read More

Founding of the First Church in Cambridge

Address of Alexander McKenzie [at the celebration of the Two Hundred and Seventy-fifth Anniversary of the Founding of Cambridge, 1905]   On February 1, 1636, O. S., the First Church in Cambridge was formed. This was the eleventh church in Massachusetts. The first church under Hooker and Stone was about to remove to Connecticut, but a few of the members, … Read More