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Mr. Wait has been the candidate of his party three times for representative of his city to the General Court, and the nominee of the Gold Democrats of his district for the Senate, but while in every instance he received a flattering personal following, the Republican vote was too powerful to be overthrown.

He was a member of the committee which framed the City Charter for Medford, and served as Alderman in 1893.

He has served on the Sinking Fund Commission since 1892, and on the School Committee since 1894. Locally, he belongs to the Medford Historical Society, Comedy Club, Unitarian Club, Medford Club, Good Government Club, City Council Club, High School Alumni, No-license League, Royal Arcanum, Lawrence Light Guard, and is a Trustee of the Ministerial Fund of the First Parish.

He also holds memberships in the New England Free Trade League, Massachusetts Reform Club (Executive Committee), Reform Club, New York, Colonial Society of Massachusetts, Twentieth Century Club, Appalachian Mountain Club, Suffolk Bar Association, and Young Men's Democratic Club of Massachusetts. He is the author of numerous historical sketches of towns and cities in the United States census of 1880, of law articles in American and English Encyclopedia of Law, and is a frequent contributor to the local press.

His interest in the formidable array of organizations enumerated is an active one, and their several demands, coupled with the extensive law business of his firm, occupy his time fully.

Mr. Wait is a ready and pleasing speaker, a companionable friend, a loyal advocate of every movement bearing upon the best interests of our city.

He was married Jan. 1, 1889, to Miss Edith Foote Wright, and has no other family.

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