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On this thirty-fifth anniversary of the founding of the CRIMSON, it seems fitting to recall some of those editors of the paper in years gone by who have, in one way or another, done something to make a place for themselves in the outside world. Of these men, some have distinguished themselves by attaining to high political positions, others have been successful in the fields of business and commerce, while still others have become prominent in the world of letters or in the professions.

William Leverett Chase '76, class secretary until his death in 1895, not only became one of the prominent manufacturers of Massachusetts, but also an active member of several banking and other business firms in Boston. He was on the staff of Governor Brackett of Massachusetts, and later, Acting Inspector-General of the State. Frederick Jesup Stimson, class odist of the same year, LL.B, '78, an editor of the Lampoon, and a member of the Phi Beta Kappa, distinguished himself as an author and lawyer soon after leaving College. He was Assistant Attorney-General of Massachusetts, General Counsel to the United States Industrial Commission, and has been Professor of Comparative Legislation in the University since 1904. He is the author of several books of fiction, as well as of some half-dozen works on law. Barrett Wendell '77, also an editor of the Lampoon and a member of the Phi Beta Kappa, has been Professor of English in the University since 1898, Clark Lecturer at Trinity College, Cambridge, and later lecturer at the Sorbonne, Paris, and at other French universities. He has been a Lowell Institute Lecturer since 1905, is a member of the Boston Athenaeum, Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a member of the Massachusetts Historical Society. He has published a number of books on a variety of subjects. The president of the paper for the next year was Charles Moore '78, Ph.D. '00, class orator, and a member of the Phi Beta Kappa. He was successively editor of the Detroit Times, Journal, and Tribune, was appointed clerk of the United States Senate Committee on the District of Columbia in 1891, was a member of the Detroit Municipal Art Commission, and is a life member and trustee of the American Academy in Rome.

From the class of 1880, two men have attained to marked distinction, Robert Bacon and Josiah Quincy. Robert Bacon, who was business manager of the paper, played on the University football team four years, rowed on the University crew, and was first marshal of his class. He has now reached the high position of Assistant Secretary of State. He is an Overseer of Harvard College and a member of the central committee of the American National Red Cross Society. Josiah Quincy, a member of the Phi Beta Kappa, was president of the CRIMSON in the same year. He is engaged in business in Boston, as twice been representative from Quincy in the Massachusetts State Legislature, was a member of the Democratic National Committee in 1892, and Assistant Secretary of State under President Cleveland in the ensuing year. He as Mayor of Boston in 1896 and 1898, and has been chairman of the Democratic State Committee.

The present governor of the Commonwealth, Curtis Guild, Jr., was class orator in 1881, an editor of the Lampoon, and a member of the Phi Beta Kappa. he has held various positions up to Brigadier-General in the Massachusetts Volunteer Militia, and was Lieutenant-Colonel and Inspector-General of the 7th Army Corps and of the Department of Havana. He has also been a delegate and officer of a number of Republican conventions. Owen Wister '82, LL.B. '88, also an editor of the Lampoon, and a member of the Phi Beta Kappa, is a writer whose books are known and admired on two continents.

The late William Henry Baldwin, Jr., '85, secretary of the CRIMSON, and chairman of his Class Committee, was president of the Long Island Railroad at the time of his death, and an officer or director in over forty other companies, including the Rapid Transit Subway Construction Co., the Pennsylvania, New York and Long Island Railroad, the New York City Street Railway Co., the Corn Exchange Bank, and the Equitable Trust Co. He was a trustee of Tuskegee Institute and of the Southern Education Board, and held the same position in Smith College and the University of Tennessee. Roger Sherman Greene '01, A. M. '02, who held successively the offices of assistant managing editor, managing editor, and president of the CRIMSON, and was an editor of the Bulletin, has risen to distinction in the consular service. He has been Consul at Vladivostok, Siberia, Secretary to the United States Minister, and Vice Deputy Consul-General, at Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He has also held the office of Vice-Consul at Nagasaki, and Kobe, Japan, and later became United States Commercial Agent at Vladivostok.

Nor should honorable mention be omitted of Francis Randall Appleton '75, LL.B. '77, Bayard Tuckerman '78, Samuel Dennis Warren '78, William Roscoe Thayer '81, A. M. '86, John Kearsley Mitchell '81, M.D. '83, Evert Jansen Wendell '82, Herbert Putnam '83, Litt.D. '98, LL.D. '03, Edward Everett Hale, Jr., '83, William Edwin Haskell '84, George Welton Fishback '84, James Albert Frye '86, Lloyd McKim Garrison '88, LL.B. '91, Fred Bates Lund '88, A.M. and M.D. '92, Eugene Abraham Darling '90, A.M. and M.D. '94, Arthur James Cumnock '91, Frederick Winsor '93, Maynard Ladd '94, M.D. '98, Jerome Davis Greene '96, George Decker Marvin '99, Eliot Spalding '00, Charles Dudley Daly '01, E. Bowditch, Jr., '03, and Arthur Atwood Ballantine '04.

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