|Birth: ||Sep. 18, 1846|
|Death: ||Dec. 13, 1893|
George Whipple Hubbard, son of Benjamin Merrill and Sophia (Annis) Hubbard, was born September 18, 1846, in the city of Providence, R. I., and made that place his home and the scene of all his various activities. It was there that he received the elementary portion of his education, attending the local public schools for this purpose, and he later attended the Bryant & Stratton Business College at Providence, where he took a commercial course. After completing his studies in the latter institutions, he secured a position as clerk with the firm of E. M. Aldrich & Company of which a cousin of his, Charles A. Hubbard, was a member. For a time thereafter he was employed as representative of the 'Morning Star', and the 'Evening Press'. After spending a number of years in this line, he entered into partnership with his father who, as has already been stated, opened a real estate and money brokerage business. After the death of the elder man, George W. Hubbard continued the business alone under the same firm name until his own death, December 13, 1893.
Mr. Hubbard did not confine his activities to his business, however, but was prominently identified with many departments of the community's life. He was affiliated with a large number of social and fraternal organizations, among which should be mentioned Hope Lodge, and Moshassuck Encampment, Independent Order of Odd Fellows, and the Knights of Honor. In his religious belief Mr. Hubbard was a Universalist and attended the Church of the Mediator in Providence. Since his death his property has been managed by Mrs. Hubbard, who has shown an unusual degree of business talent in handling the valuable estate in such a manner that it is constantly increasing in value.
On March 16, 1875, George Whipple Hubbard was united in marriage at Providence, R. I., with S. Augusta Simmons, a native of Westport, Mass., a daughter of Henry L. and Susan M. (Dyer) Simmons. To them the following children were born: Sophia, born June 11, 1876, who became the wife of Curtis A. Miner, of New Haven, Conn., and has one son, Marshall Hubbard; Cora Augusta, born Feb. 13, 1882, married Carl B. Howland; George Whipple, Jr., born Oct. 24, 1884, attended the public schools of Providence, the Cheshire Academy at Cheshire, Conn., and later Trinity College at Hartford, in the State; now resides in Hew Haven, Conn., engaged in coal business.
There is no doubt that the career of Mr. Hubbard, successful as it had already been, would have known a still more brilliant future had not death so abruptly cut it short. One of the chief factors in his success was undoubtedly his remarkable power of making friends, but his power in turn depended upon some of the most fundamental virtues for its existence. That he should first attract those who came in casual association was doubtless due to the attractive exterior, the ready wit and simple candor, but the transformation of these acquaintances into faithful friends was possible only to the profound trust which all men felt in him, the perfect sincerity of his nature and the honest disinterestedness of his intentions. The certainty of their confidence in him is nowhere better illustrated than in the common appeal that was made to him to settle disputes and quarrels. His popularity was very wide-spread, and the news of his death was felt as a loss in all parts of the State, but the strongest affection was felt for him in his own home district and it was there that he gave most generously of his friendship and service. His generosity was proverbial, and yet his benefactions were so unostentatious that but few were aware of their extent. It was truly said of him that the world was better for such men as Mr. Hubbard having lived in it, which, despite the years that have elapsed, is still unfilled.
Benjamin Merrill Hubbard (1818 - 1882)
Sophia Annis Hubbard (1807 - 1905)
Susan Augusta Simmons Hubbard (1854 - 1942)
Sophia L. Hubbard Miner (1876 - 1956)*
Cora A Hubbard Howland (1882 - 1932)*
Swan Point Cemetery
Rhode Island, USA
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Record added: Nov 05, 2010
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