Henry Lee Higginson business records, 1799-1919 (inclusive), 1870-1919 (bulk), Box XVI-8, Folder 6
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- Higginson, Henry Lee , 1834-1919
- 36 linear feet (30 volumes, 49 boxes, 23 cartons).
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Correspondence and other papers relating to Higginson's investments, philanthropic interests and political interests. Investments in which Mr. Higginson was interested, and for which there are records, include: Ecuador Coal Company, Gage Company, Ecuador Trading Company, Cherry River Land Association, Reynolds Chocolate Company, New Metals Process Associates, Jones Step Process Trust, John T. Jones Holding Company, Burn-Boston Battery, Submarine Signal Company, Standard Lessee Corporation, Standard Alcohol Company, St. Louis Cable and Western Railway Company, and St. Louis and Suburban Railway Company. Higginson's interests in Harvard, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Carnegie Institute, and in properties such as Sheldon Farm and Split Rock Forest are also represented. Business correspondents include Alexander Agassiz, Charles Fairchild, John M. Forbes, Henry Lee, Charles E. Perkins, Samuel G. Ward, and Charles W. Wetmore; political correspondents include Henry Cabot Lodge, James M. Curley, John F. Fitzgerald, Theodore Roosevelt, and William Howard Taft. A ledger and journal, 1856-1865, of James J. Higginson; and various estate papers and family correspondence are also in the collection.|The collection includes a bill from Boston merchants Salisbury & Higginson to William Dodd for nails, rolls of sheet lead, hinges, and two dozen compasses, settled in 1799. The company was possibly a partnership of Stephen Higginson, Jr. (1770-1834), and his brother-in-law Samuel Salisbury, Jr. (1768-1849) who also owned ships together. Dodd may have been a ship chandler and wharfinger in Boston. There is an undated envelope with the document describing it as an “Old bill brought in by a police captain.”
- are available on microfilm,(4reels, 35 mm.) from Historical Collections, Baker Library. Order no. 95-1552.
Banker and philanthropist of Boston. Higginson attended Harvard (1851-1852), but left because of poor eyesight. In 1856 he went to Vienna intending to make music his life work, but he returned to Boston in 1860. He attained the rank of major in the Union Army during the Civil War. In 1868 Higginson joined the family banking firm of Lee, Higginson and Company. He was the principal figure in the creation of the Boston Symphony Orchestra (1881) and was its chief benefactor for the rest of his life. His gifts to Harvard include Soldiers Field and the Harvard Union.