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Benjamin Pliny HOLBROOK

Male 1866 - 1937  (71 years)


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  • Name Benjamin Pliny HOLBROOK 
    Born 13 Mar 1866  Danvers, Essex, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 22 Jul 1937  Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried North Beverly Cemetery, Beverly, Essex, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • 1930 Census: MA: Middlesex Cty: Cambridge, Dist. 51: p. 1 of 51:
      Holbrook, Benjamin P., head, rents, $45, age 64, first married at 53, born in Mass., father born in Mass., mother born in ME;
      Mabel A., his wife, age 47, first married at age 37, born in Mass, father and mother born in Mass.

      Obituary: The Boston Globe (Boston, Massachusetts) 21 Jul 1937, Wed.
      "B. P. HOLBROOK
      OF GLOBE DEAD
      Had Been Associated with
      Paper 44 Years
      "Benjamin P. Holbrook of Cambridge, a news editor of the Globe who had been associated with the paper 44 years, died suddenly this noon at the Phillips House, Massachusetts General Hospital. He was 71 years of age.
      Mr. Holbrook was taken sick while on a vacation tour in New York state and Canada with members of his family and was rushed back to Boston, arriving this morning. He failed to survive an emergency operation performed soon after his arrival.
      He is survived by his wife, Mabel A. Holbrook; a sister, Miss Elizabeth Holbrook of Cambridge, and a brother, Dr. Bradbury Holbrook of Walthan. Funeral services will be held at his home, 52 Kirkland st., Cambridge, at a time to be announced later. Burial will be in North Beverly Cemetery.
      Authority on Elizabethan Plays
      Benjamin Pliny Holbrook was distinguished both in his newspaper career of nearly 50 years, and in his private interests. In addition to activity in many civic organizations he was an authority on Elizabethan plays and poems and wrote poetry himself, was an authority on naval matters, on corporation statistics, and during his Summer vacations had made more than 75 ascents of New Hampshire and Vermont hills. In his latest work as a news editor for the Globe, he specialized in Washington and foreign dispatches, and college, naval and semi-scientific news.
      He was born in Danvers on March 13, 1866, son of Rev. Charles Francis and Rachel Anna (Bradbury) Holbrook, both of whom were descended from early settlers of the Massachusetts Bay Colony. Mr. Holbrook had genealogical tables of his ancestors and those of his wife, compiled by himself complete fo several generations and in some cases going back to the original settler. As a result, both he and Mrs. Holbrook were eligible for practically every patriotic society, but belonged to non. Included among Mr. Holbrook's ancestors was Rev. John Cotton of Boston, Eng, and Boston, Mass.
      Mr. Holbrook was educated in the public schools of Saco, Me, and Newbort, NH and at academies in New London, NY, and Waterville, Me, before entering Colby College, from which he was graduated as a bachelor of arts in 1888, receiving at the same time an honorary degree of master of arts. He came to Boston that same year and was successively reporter, sporting editor, assistant night editor and night editor of the old Boston Daily Advertiser, and then held similar positions on the Boston Daily News until he edited its final copy on June 1, 1893. In this connection, when Mr. Holbrook became a copy reader in his early '20s, he was reputed to be the youngest man in the country to hold this position on any paper.
      Joined Globe Staff
      The very next day he joined the Globe staff, to remain with this paper until his death. After a short period as reporter, he joined the 'night desk' until early in January, 1898, since when he has been a member of the day desk staff. For several years he was assistant day editor.
      In his private interests he won prominence in several widely varied fields. For many years he was keenly interested in the problem of the authorship of Elizabethan and Jacobean plays and poems and made what were accepted as important discoveries concerning them. He wrote many articles in this connection, and also wrote two sets of verses himself.
      He also wrote special aticles for the Globe on naval subjects, and became something of an authority on the financial aspects of corporations, writing on this subject, also. While living in Salem and in Cambridge, he was active in men's clubs connected with the Baptist Churches in those communities, acting in each case as their president for several years. He was chairman of the building committee of the Old Cambridge Baptist Church for several years.
      He was active also in civic organizations, in Salem serving as a director of the Associate Charitites. He has delivered frequent addresses before various orgnizations on nwspaper work, and on his research work into Elizabethan and Jacobean literature and prepared the lantern slides which accompanied these lectures. He also wrote editorials at one time for the Globe.
      In his Summer vacations, he was a tireless climber, and saw the peaks of more than 31 different mountains in New Hampshire and of one in Vermont, for a total of more than 75 separate ascents. These included all the highest Hampshire Hills. When his mountain climbing days were over, he explored New England from the seat of an automobile, on long tours.
      He was married on Jan 17, 1920 to Miss Mabel Angeline Wallis of Beverly, who in more recent years has been active in the Cantabrigia Club of Cambridge and other civic organizations.
      During the Winter months Mr. Holbrook has been living at 52 Kirkland St., Cambridge, and during the Summer at his wife's birthplace, 27 Conant St. Beverly. He was a member of Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity."
    Person ID I2115  Lowell&Block
    Last Modified 30 Jun 2018 

    Father Rev. Charles Francis HOLBROOK,   b. 14 Jul 1830, Surry, Cheshire, New Hampshire, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Jan 1898, Danvers, Essex, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 67 years) 
    Mother Anna Rachel BRADBURY,   b. 3 Jul 1838, Chesterville, Franklin, Maine, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Apr 1929, Danvers, Essex, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 90 years) 
    Married 14 Oct 1863  Newport, Sullivan, New Hampshire, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F936  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Mabel Angeline WALLIS,   b. 5 Jan 1883, Beverly, Essex, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Oct 1965, Beverly, Essex, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 82 years) 
    Married 17 Jan 1920 
    Last Modified 12 May 2019 
    Family ID F948  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - 13 Mar 1866 - Danvers, Essex, Massachusetts, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 22 Jul 1937 - Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - North Beverly Cemetery, Beverly, Essex, Massachusetts, USA Link to Google Earth
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