part of the town, in what is now Arlington
, near the Mystic ponds
He was the son of Hezekiah Wyman
, and was born in 1750.
About 1774 he married Ruth Belknap
, and was the father of eight children.
He died in April, 1825, aged seventy-live (Wyman
The names of Richard Devens
, Nathaniel Gorham
, and Josiah Bartlett
would add lustre to the history of any municipality.
All three were actively engaged in town affairs during the trying days of the Revolution and in the important years which followed, when state and national constitutions were being established, and each gained for himself in his special line of service more than a local reputation.
's invaluable work gives an account of these gentlemen.
Hon. Richard Devens
in the Revolutionary army, was the first president of the school trustees.
His portrait, painted by Henry Sargent
, 1798, and bequeathed to his native town by Charlotte Harris
, hangs in the Boston Branch
Library at Charlestown
, City square. A later generation has made the name of Devens
still more illustrious.
Our interest in Hon. Josiah Bartlett
, M. D., Ll.D., (1759-1820) centres chiefly in his sketch of 1813, which may be called the first history of Charlestown
Hon. Nathaniel Gorham
, regarded by Wyman
as one of the most eminent men that ever lived in Charlestown
, died while serving on the board of trustees, and was succeeded by his son and namesake the following May, 1797.
Two others elected to the original body of trustees should have more than a passing mention,—Aaron Putnam
, and Joseph Hurd
The former was the first treasurer of the organization, an important office when we consider that it was for a better management of the school funds that a charter was granted by legislative act. Dr. Putnam
's name deserves to be mentioned in connection with Charlestown
affairs, for it was he who in 1801, sold to the United States
four acres of his own, and as agent secured sixty-five acres, exclusive of flats, for a navy yard.
, if we mistake not, served as the first secretary of the trustees.
He was the son of Benjamin Hurd