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William Cushing Wait.

Mr. William Cushing Wait, whose portrait appears in this number of the register, is the well-known and efficient President of the Medford Historical Society. He is well equipped in personal qualities, and by fortunate family lineage, for such a position.

Descended from Capt. John Wayte, of Maiden, 1638.

Nathan Wait, born in Malden, April 6, 1763, married Sarah Lloyd Fulton, daughter of John and Sarah Bradlee Fulton, July 26, 1785. Among his children was Nathan W., father of Elijah S., father of William Cushing. The great-great-grandson of Sarah Bradlee Fulton would seem to be a most fitting selection for an office representing historical and patriotic research.

The subject of our sketch was born in Charlestown, Dec. 18, 1860, the eldest child of Elijah S. and Eliza Ann (Hadley) Wait. He came to Medford in 1870, and was a pupil in the Brooks and High Schools. Graduated at Harvard College, 1882, Summa cur laude and the highest honors in history, and a member of the Phi Beta Kappa. Graduated at Harvard Law School in 1885 with degrees of Ll.B. and A. M. Was a member of Class-day Committee,, 1882, member of Class Committee, 1882, secretary of Law School Class, 1885, and third president of Harvard Union. Member of K. N. Everett Athenaeum, O. K., Hasty Pudding and Harvard Finance Club college societies. Was admitted to the Suffolk Bar, July 25, 1885, Circuit Court of United States, District of Massachusetts, May 15, 1888, and Circuit Court of Appeals, 1891. First practised law in office of Nathan Matthews, Jr., ex-mayor of Boston. Opened his own office in 1886. In 1890 associated himself with Samuel J. Elder, as Elder & Wait, and in 1893, with Edmund A. Whitman, as Elder, Wait, & Whitman.

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