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Guide to the Henry Brewer Quinby (1846-1925) and Henry Cole Quinby (1872-1922) Papers, 1863-1927

Collection number: MC 166

Size: 1 box (0.20 cu.ft.)

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.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

This collection is open.

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Preferred Citation

[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.

Acquisitions Information

Purchased: Charles Apfelbaum, Watchung, NJ, Oct 13, 1998 (Accession number: 98.014)

Related Material

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., 1993.

Collection Contents

Series I: Henry Brewer Quinby

Box 1
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, 1899-1912
Box 1, Folder 3 Henry Brewer Quinby’s “Memories and Addresses,” typed memoir, in binder, 1922

Series II: Henry Cole Quinby

Box 1, Folder 4 Henry Cole Quinby’s college essays for English 12 at Harvard, 1892-1993
Box 1, Folder 5 Henry Cole Quinby’s college essays for Forensics English C at Harvard, 1892-1993
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 Tarkington, 1924-1927

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