Photograph album of Beekman Winthrop, ca. 1897-1898

Winthrop, Beekman, 1874-1940


1 volume (11 leaves) : photographs ; 26 x 33 cm.
The album contains 85 black and white 4 x 5 inch photographs and a 4 x 12 inch panoramic image formed by pasting three photographs together. The album documents Winthrop's membership in the Porcellian Club, chiefly consisting of interior views of the clubhouse, photographs of club members playing games, including golf and cricket, and posing outside the clubhouse, and views of Harvard Square from the windows of the clubhouse. These exterior views include shots of Harvard Square, of streetcars, and of the crowds gathered for the 1897 Harvard-Yale football game. Notable among the images are two photographs of a monkey named Sarah and three showing George Washington Lewis, African-American steward of the Club from 1876-1921. Also included in the album are 26 photographs documenting the Winthrop family on vacation at their summer house in Lenox, Massachusetts. These images include landscapes and family members posed outdoors. Most of the photographs have captions; some are dated.
Beekman Winthrop, government official and banker, was born on September 18, 1874, to Robert Winthrop and Kate Wilson Taylor in Orange, New Jersey. He received his Harvard AB in 1897 and his LLB in 1900. Winthrop married Melza Riggs Wood in 1903; they had no children. He entered government service in the Philippines immediately following graduation, serving as the private secretary to Governor Taft, 1900-1901; Assistant Executive Secretary of the Philippines, 1901-1903; and Judge of the Court of First Instance, Philippine Islands, 1903-1904. Winthrop was appointed Governor of Puerto Rico in 1904, serving until 1907, when he was appointed Assistant Secretary of the Treasury. In 1909, he became the Assistant Secretary of the Navy. Departing public service in 1913, Winthrop became a senior partner of the banking house of Robert Winthrop and Company in New York; he retired in 1939. Winthrop died in New York City on November 10, 1940.
Winthrop, Beekman, 1874-1940. Photograph album of Beekman Winthrop, ca. 1897-1898. HUM 109, Harvard University Archives.
A photograph album kept by Winthrop's older brother, Grenville Lindall Winthrop, is also held by the Harvard University Archives (HUD 886.94).

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