Tuesday, August 29, 2023

Seavers in the News -- Henry L. Seaver (1878-1975) Dies At 97 in Massachusetts

  Here is this week's edition of "Seavers in the News" - a weekly feature from the historical newspapers about persons with the surname Seaver that are interesting, useful, mysterious, fun, macabre, or add information to my family tree database.

This week's entry is from The Boston [Mass.] Globe newspaper dated 29 November 1975, page 31:

The transcription of the article is:

"Henry L. Seaver at 97; professor, printer author

"Henry L. Seaver, 97, a former English and history professor at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, died Wednesday at his home on 97 Meriam st., Lexington.

"A native of Boston, Mr. Seaver graduated from Boston Latin School and received his BA degree from Harvard in 1900.  A decade later, he returned to Harvard for an MA degree awarded in 1914.

"After serving as an instructor in English at Harvard following graduation, he joined  MIT's department of English and history in 1901.  He was appointed assistant professor in 1907, associate professor in 1916, and full professor of English and history in 1929.  He retired in 1947.

"Mr. Seaver, who collected autographs and fine books, maintained a hand printing press in the basement of his home where he often printed his own research papers and brochures for MIT social events.  He was skilled in typography, woodcutting, lithography and antique book binding.

"  He wrote "The Great Revolt in Castille," a medieval history of Spain which was published by the Boston firm of Houghton Mifflin Co. in 1928, and contributed articles to "The Print Collector's Quarterly."

"Mr. Seaver was a leader in volunteer programs at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, where as early as 1907, he gave Sunday afternoon talks on fine arts.  In his later years, he delivered nearly 400 of these talks.

"After his retirement 28 years ago, he became an active member and benefactor of the Massachusetts Historical Society and served as its vice president from 1958 to 1972.  He held memberships in the Modern Language Assn., the Society for the Promotion of Engineering Education, the American Historical Society, the American Assn. for Labor Legislation, and the American Assn. of University Professors.

"Mr. Seaver married Susan Russell in 1908.  She died in 1964 after 56 years of marriage.  He leaves a nephew, Russell Seaver of Duxbury, and three cousins: Margaret Seaver of Leominster, Mrs. Anne Harrington of Endwell, N.Y., and Mars. Martha Kimball of Lexington.

"At Mr. Seaver's request, there will be no funeral services."

The source citation is:

"Henry L. Seaver at 97; professor, printer, author," The Boston [Mass.] Globe newspaper, Saturday, 29 November 1975, page 31, column 1, Henry L. Seaver Jr. obituary,   Newspapers.com   (https://www.newspapers.com : accessed 28 August 2023).

This obituary identifies his age, his education and occupation, his many academic associations, and mentions his deceased wife, his nephew and cousins.

Henry Latimer Seaver (1878-1975) was born 16 January 1878 in Boston, Massachusetts, the son of Latimer Small and Minnie (Church) Seaver.  He married Susan Russell Seaver (1876-1964), the daughter of Edward and Mary Kate (Russell) Seaver, on 14 September 1908 in Boston.  They had no children.  Henry died on 26 November 1975 in Lexington, Massachusetts.

Henry Latimer Seaver (1878-1975) is my 7th cousin 3 time removed, with Robert Seaver (1608-1683) as our most recent Seaver common ancestor.

There are over 10,000 Seaver "stories" in my family tree - and this was one of them.   Life happens, accidentally and intentionally, and sometimes a person has an extensive academic and volunteer career.  I am glad that I can honor Henry Latimer Seaver today.  

You never know when a descendant or relative will find this blog post and learn something about their ancestors or relatives, or will provide more information about them to me.


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