Guide to the Henry Brewer Quinby and Henry Cole Quinby Papers, 1863-1927
Collection number: MC 166
Size: 1 box
About Henry Brewer Quinby and Henry Cole Quinby
Henry Brewer Quinby was Governor of New Hampshire from 1909-1910. He was born in
Biddeford, Maine on June 10, 1846 and attended Bowdoin College, where his
grandfather Moses Quinby had been a member of the first graduating class. After
graduation, he moved to Washington, DC, where he received his medical degree in 1880
from the National College. Returning to New Hampshire, Quinby was elected a member
of the state legislature in 1887 and of the state Senate in 1889. In 1891, he was
elected to the Executive Council. As president of the Republican State convention in
1896, he delivered a notable address. In 1909, he was elected governor. During his
term as governor, state trunk lines were located and partially built, and he worked
on the state house enlargement. After his term, he became an active Mason, earning
his 33rd degree and serving as Grand Master of the Masonic Grand Lodge. Quinby had
many other affiliations, including membership in the Board of Overseers at Bowdoin,
the Pepperell Association, and the Sons of the American Revolution. He was a trustee
at the Masonic Home in Manchester, NH, the NH Literary Institution and the NH
Historical Society. He was also president of the Laconia National and the City
Savings Bank. Henry Brewer Quinby was married to Octavia (Cole) and had two
children, Henry Cole and Candace E. He died in 1925 at the age of 79.
Henry Cole Quinby, Henry Brewer’s son, was born in Lakeport, New Hampshire, on July
9, 1872. He attended Harvard College and Harvard Law School, after which he moved to
New York City to practice law, and for some time was professionally associated with
Joseph H. Choate. During World War I, he was an active member of the American
Defense Society. Over the course of his short life, he became active in many other
organizations, including the Union League Club, the Society of Mayflower Descendants
of New York State, the Grant Monument Association, the Harvard and Amateur Comedy
Clubs and the city and state Bar Associations. Henry Cole Quinby was married to
Florence (Cole). He had a keen interest in genealogy and wrote the first of two
volumes of the Quinby-Quimby Family History. Just before his death, he completed the
manuscript for the book, Richard
Harding Davis: A Bibliography,published posthumously by
E.P. Dutton in 1924. Henry Cole Quinby died October 23, 1922.
About the Henry Brewer Quinby and Henry Cole Quinby Papers
The Quinby papers are a small but varied collection of personal and public
memorabilia – college essays, an honorary dinner program, photographs, and a
manuscript of a memoir, on the one hand, and publicity sheets, reviews, and
correspondence concerning a published book, on the other. The collection conjures up
the elevated social milieu of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries
inhabited by the two men, both members of fraternal and philanthropic associations.
A copy of the book is also included.
This collection is open.
Contents of this collection are governed by U.S. copyright law. For questions
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[Identification of item], Henry Brewer Quinby and Henry Cole Quinby Papers,
1863-1927, MC 166, Milne Special Collections and Archives, University of New
Hampshire Library, Durham, NH, USA.
Purchased: Charles Apfelbaum, Watchung, NJ, Oct 13, 1998 (Accession number:
Richard Harding Davis: A Bibliography. By
Henry Cole Quinby. E.P. Dutton, 1924.
The Granite Monthly, Vol. 56, 1924.
The National Cyclopedia of American
Biography, Vol. 14, James T. White and Co. 1916 and Vol. 25,
James T. White and Co. 1936.
Genealogical History of the Quinby (Quimby) Family in England and
America by Henry Cole Quinby. Higginston Book Co.,
Series I: Henry Brewer Quinby
|Box 1, Folder 1||Prize declamation sheet, July 6, 1863, New Hampton Institution,
showing that HBQ spoke the "Impeachment of Warren Hastings"; Prize
declamation sheet, July 6, 1868, Bowdoin College, showing that HBQ
declaimed "Virginius to the Roman Army"; The Bugle, Bowdoin College,
June 1869 showing that HBQ spoke on Napoleon Bonaparte on April 5, 1869
as part of the senior class exhibition; Newspaper clipping re alumni
meeting, 1891? showing that HBQ, of Lakeport, N.H., was one of the
speakers; Handwritten fragment re Moses Quinby, born 1786, graduated in
a class of six from Bowdoin College.|
|Box 1, Folder 2||Photographs of Henry Brewer Quinby, alone or with masons,
|Box 1, Folder 3||Henry Brewer Quinby's "Memories and Addresses," typed memoir, in
Series II: Henry Cole Quinby
|Box 1, Folder 4||Henry Cole Quinby's college essays for English 12 at Harvard,
|Box 1, Folder 5||Henry Cole Quinby's college essays for Forensics English C at
|Box 1, Folder 6||Program for honorary dinner for HCQ at the Union League Club of
the city of New York. Contains photograph of HCQ and the signatures of
the thirty-two hosts, Jan. 6, 1920|
|Box 1, Folder 7||Publicity brochure for the Quinby-Quimby
Family History by Henry Cole Quinby, published by the
Tuttle Company of Rutland, Vermont, 1923|
|Box 1, Folder 8||Printed reviews and publicity sheets for Richard Harding Davis: A Bibliography, 1924-1925|
|Box 1, Folder 9||Three gift acknowledgements for copies of the above book from
Bowdoin and Harvard Colleges, and Roosevelt Memorial Association, 1924-1925|
|Box 1, Folder 10||Four letters to Mrs. Florence Cole Quinby, mostly concerning her
husband's book, including one letter from Booth