Henry Washburn “Harry” Berthrong

Henry Washburn “Harry” Berthrong

Birth
Mumford, Monroe County, New York, USA
Death 24 Apr 1928 (aged 84)
Chelsea, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, USA
Burial Woburn, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, USA
Plot Mt. Vernon Ave., Section 6-B, Lot 657
Memorial ID 92785495 · View Source
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Harry Berthrong enlisted in the civil war at the age of 18 on August 27,1862 in Rochester , New York. He went to the front with the 140th New York Volunteers, Company E known as the "Rochester Racehorses" He served through the war in the 5th Corps, Army of the Potomac, where he took part in all the battles of that corps and was discharged in June of 1865. Harry was a man of many talents, after his discharge he was a Major League baseball player.He was a catcher for the Nationals of Washington from 1865 to 1872, he gained national fame during the pioneering days of the sport.It was told he played the game when padded gloves, masks and chest protectors were unknown accessories. His only method of stopping the delivery of his pitcher was his bare hands. He was also a sprinter, never beaten in 26 100 yard dashes. His time frequently was 10 seconds flat. He pulled bow oar on the famous Potomac Four, which won the championship of the United States at Philadelphia in 1869.
Harry was appointed a clerkship in the War Department and eventually transferred to the Boston Customhouse as appraiser of merchandise.
In 1883 he resigned his position and opened a studio of portrait painting .He was known for his portraits of Presidential candidates and celebrities.At one time the portraits of 15 famous actors were displayed in the lobby of the Boston Theater. One of his famous paintings was a portrait of Abraham Lincoln. The National Tribune of April 15,1915 has a newspaper article where he describes his encounter with President Lincoln when he was a soldier and how the request for this painting came about.He signed his paintings Berthrong Boston.
In 1898 the Secretary of the Treasury detailed him to go to Cuba to assist in establishing American ideas of collecting revenue.He then returned to the position of instructing Army officers who took over custom duties.
Harry was also a first chair violinist for the G.A.R. (Grand Army Of the Republic) Post 36, a well known orchestra where he was a member.
At the age of 74 he was still employed in the Boston customhouse and was a member of their bowling league organized in 1906. Henry set a record by toppling over 150 pins.
He retired from his government position in 1934 after 54 years of service.


Children:
With 1st Union
May Berthrong

With 2nd Union-
1-Louis P Berthrong
2-Mable Madge Berthrong
3-Chester A. Berthrong
4-Henry Washburn Berthrong
5-Linus Berthrong

Siblings:
Mable
Elizabeth
Gideon
Ithamar
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Submitted by Carol L.








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  • Maintained by: Carol L.
  • Originally Created by: ProgBase
  • Added: 29 Jun 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 92785495
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Henry Washburn “Harry” Berthrong (1 Jan 1844–24 Apr 1928), Find A Grave Memorial no. 92785495, citing Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, USA ; Maintained by Carol L. (contributor 48216399) .