This is a repost from wikipedia, please look at the “Philips” family and notice that Bill Gates is a part of this elite club through that family. Also noticed that the Warren family is listed here which is the same last name as Elizabeth Warren who lives in the same area.
The Boston Brahmins or Boston elite are members of Boston‘s traditional upper class. They are often associated with Harvard University; Anglicanism; upper-class clubs such as the Somerset in Boston, the Knickerbocker in New York City, the Metropolitan in Washington, D.C., and the Pacific-Union Club in San Francisco; and traditional Anglo-American customs and clothing. Descendants of the earliest English colonists are typically considered to be the most representative of the Boston Brahmins. They are considered White Anglo-Saxon Protestants.
The doctor and writer Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. coined the term “Brahmin Caste of New England” in an 1860 story in The Atlantic Monthly. The term Brahmin refers to the highest-ranking caste of people in the traditional Hindu caste system in India. By extension, it was applied in the United States to the old wealthy New England families of British Protestant origin that became influential in the development of American institutions and culture. The influence of the old gentry is has reduced modern times, but some vestiges remain, primarily in the institutions and the ideals that they championed in their heyday.
Typical dress of the Boston elite
The nature of the Brahmins is hinted at by the doggerel “Boston Toast” by Holy Cross alumnus John Collins Bossidy:
And this is good old Boston,
The home of the bean and the cod,
Where the Lowells talk only to Cabots,
And the Cabots talk only to God.
While some 19th-century Brahmin families of large fortune were of bourgeois origin, still fewer were of a somewhat aristocratic origin. The new families were often the first to seek, in typically British fashion, suitable marriage alliances with those old aristocratic New England families that were descended from landowners in England to elevate and cement their social standing. The Winthrops, Dudleys, Saltonstalls, Winslows, and Lymans (descended from English magistrates, gentry, and aristocracy) were, by and large, happy with this arrangement. All of Boston’s “Brahmin elite”, therefore, maintained the received culture of the old English gentry, including cultivating the personal excellence that they imagined maintained the distinction between gentlemen and freemen, and between ladies and women. They saw it as their duty to maintain what they defined as high standards of excellence, duty, and restraint. Cultivated, urbane, and dignified, a Boston Brahmin was supposed to be the very essence of enlightened aristocracy. The ideal Brahmin was not only wealthy, but displayed what was considered suitable personal virtues and character traits.
The Brahmin was expected to maintain the customary English reserve in his dress, manner, and deportment, cultivate the arts, support charities such as hospitals and colleges, and assume the role of community leader.:14 Although the ideal called on him to transcend commonplace business values, in practice many found the thrill of economic success quite attractive. The Brahmins warned each other against avarice and insisted upon personal responsibility. Scandal and divorce were unacceptable. The total system was buttressed by the strong extended family ties present in Boston society. Young men attended the same prep schools, colleges, and private clubs, and heirs married heiresses. Family not only served as an economic asset, but also as a means of moral restraint. Most belonged to the Unitarian or Episcopal churches, although some were Congregationalists or Methodists. Politically they were successively Federalists, Whigs, and Republicans. They were marked by their manners and once distinctive elocution. Their distinctive Anglo-American manner of dress has been much imitated and is the foundation of the style now informally known as preppy. Many of the Brahmin families trace their ancestry back to the original 17th- and 18th-century colonial ruling class consisting of Massachusetts governors and magistrates, Harvard presidents, distinguished clergy, and fellows of the Royal Society of London (a leading scientific body), while others entered New England aristocratic society during the 19th century with their profits from commerce and trade, often marrying into established Brahmin families.
List of families
Entrepreneur and philanthropist who founded the House of Morgan and the Peabody Institute, George Peabody
- Samuel Adams (1722–1803): Founding Father; second cousin of:
- John Adams (1735–1826): Founding Father and second President of the United States; husband of Abigail Smith Adams (1744–1818)
- John Quincy Adams (1767–1848): sixth President of the United States
- Charles Francis Adams, Sr. (1807–1886): Ambassador, U.S. congressman
Other notable relatives:
Originally from Boston and Britain:
- Nathan Bradley I: earliest known member born in America, in Dorchester, Boston, Massachusetts, in 1631
- Samuel Bradlee: constable of Dorchester, Massachusetts
- Nathaniel Bradlee: Boston Tea Party participant, member of Massachusetts Charitable Mechanic Association
- Josiah Bradlee I: Boston Tea Party participant; m. Hannah Putnam
- Josiah Bradlee III (Harvard): m. Alice Crowninsheld
- Frederick Josiah Bradlee I (Harvard): Director of the Boston Bank
- Joseph Putnam Bradlee (1783–1838), Commander of the New England Guards, chairman of the State Central Committee, Director and then President of the Boston City Council
- Samuel Bradlee, Jr.: lieutenant colonel during the American Revolutionary War
- Thomas Bradlee: Boston Tea Party participant; member of Massachusetts Charitable Mechanics Association; Member of the St. Andrews Lodge of Freemasons
- David Bradlee: Boston Tea Party participant; Captain in the Continental Army, member of the St. Andrews Lodge of Freemasons
- Sarah Bradlee: “Mother of the Boston Tea Party”
- Francis Brinley, Esq.(1632–1719): arrived from England in 1651 after the English Civil War, with his two sisters, children of Thomas Brinley, auditor to King Charles I&II, his original home became Newport’s White Horse Tavern, Judge, book collector, landowner (RI, MA, NJ), Governor’s assistant, m: Hannah Carr (niece of RI Gov. Caleb Carr). Boston estate at Hanover and Elm, current site of Government Center.
- William Brinley, Esq (1656–1704): first son of Francis, Judge in Newport, co-founder of Trinity Church, Newport, first Anglican church in RI
- William Brinley, Esq. (1677–1753): only child of Wm. Brinley, Judge in Monmouth, NJ
- John Brinley (1713–1775): Brinley grist mill owner in Oakhurst, NJ
- William Brinley (1754–1840): Major in Revolutionary War
- Sylvester C. Brinley (1816–1905): founded Brinley, Ohio (aka Brinley Station) in 1855.
- Thomas Brinley (1661–1693): second son of Francis, Boston/London merchant, co-founder of King’s Chapel, Boston, first Anglican church in colonial New England.
- Eliakim Hutchinson (1711-1775): Judge, Chief Justice of the Court of Common Pleas for Suffolk County, and one of Boston’s richest men, owner of Shirley Place (now Shirley-Eustis House) m:Elizabeth Shirley (daughter of MA Gov William Shirley)
- Colonel Francis Brinley (1690–1765): Colonel in Ancient & Honorable Artillery Company, merchant, landowner (Datchet House/Brinley Place-Roxbury, Brinley Place-Framingham), one of the richest Bostonians of the 18th century, grandfather’s heir, m: Deborah Lyde, granddaughter of Judge Nathaniel Byfield
- Francis Brinley Fogg Sr. Esq. (1795–1880): m. Mary Middleton Rutledge of Middleton Place, TN state senator, started Nashville public schools, school board president, namesake Fogg School opened in 1875, a founder of Sewanee University of the South. and Christ Church Cathedral Nashville
- Catherine Grace Frances Moody Nevinson Gore (1798–1861): English writer
- Francis William Brinley (1796–1859): merchant, mayor of Perth Amboy, NJ, Surveyor of NJ state.
- Francis Brinley Jr., Esq. (1800–1880): Harvard 1818-Porcellian Club, President of Boston Common Council, MA state legislator (House and Senate), clerk to Secretary of State, Daniel Webster, delegate to state constitutional convention, commander of the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company.
- Edward Brinley (1809–1868): Importer for Edward Brinley & Co., Old Faneuil Hall, Boston
- George Brinley (1817–1875): noted book collector, pioneer of the Americanist movement
- Emily Malbone Morgan (1862–1939): founder of the Colonel Daniel Putnam Association and the Society of the Companions of the Holy Cross
- Godfrey Malbone Brinley (1864–1939): top 10 US tennis pro, later master at St. Paul’s school
- Edward Brinley Faneuil Adams (1871–1922): Harvard 1892/Law 1897, Harvard Law librarian
- Daniel Putnam Brinley (1873–1963): artist (painter, muralist, impressionist)
- Charles Henry Brinley Esq (1825-1907): Judge in AZ, involved in early CA/AZ politics, int’l merchant, appointed Vice Consul to Mexico by Pres Theo. Roosevelt
- Emily Borie Ryerson (1863-1939): Titanic survivor, suffragette, philanthropist
- Anne Brinley Coddington (1628–1708): third wife of Governor William Coddington, who arrived with the Winthrop fleet in 1630 and became an early MA magistrate, the first Governor of Rhode Island/founder of Portsmouth and Newport, RI, and mother and grandmother of subsequent Governors.
- Grisell Brinley Sylvester (1635–1687): wife of Nathaniel Sylvester, together they became the first white settlers and owners of all of Shelter Island, NY. She is credited with bringing boxwoods to the colonies.
- Brinley Sylvester (1690–1752): built Sylvester Manor on Shelter Island, which was made a non-profit educational farm by the 11th generation heir.
- Charles Ward Apthorp Jr. (1729-1797): owner of Manhattan’s Apthorp Farm, merchant, NY Governor’s Council 1763-83
- Sarah Wentworth Apthorp Morton (1759-1846): poet, wife of Perez Morton, MA Speaker and AG.
- Charles Bulfinch (1763-1844): Harvard 1781/4, architect in Boston and of the US Capitol building
- Sen. James Lloyd (1769-1831): Harvard 1787/90, US Senator from MA, merchant, businessman
- Franklin Delano Roosevelt (1882–1945): Harvard 1904, 32nd and longest serving President of the United States
- Benjamin Crowinshield Bradlee (1921–2014): Harvard 1942, Executive Editor of The Washington Post
Originally of Hingham, Massachusetts:
Originally of Newbury and Nantucket:
Descendants by marriage:
Originally of Hingham, Massachusetts:
Descendant by marriage:
Of Marblehead and Salem:
- William Fabens (1810–1883): lawyer, member of Assembly, Senate
- Samuel Augustus Fabens (1813–1899): master mariner in the East India and California trade
- Francis Alfred Fabens (1814–1872): mercantile businessman, San Francisco judge, attorney
- Joseph Warren Fabens (1821–1875): U.S. Consul at Cayenne, businessman, Envoy Extraordinary of the Dominican Republic
- George Wilson Fabens (1857–1939): attorney, land commissioner and superintendent of Southern Pacific Railroad, namesake of Fabens, Texas
Originally of Essex county:
- Jonathan Gillett (1609–1677): colonist
- Edward Bates Gillett (1817–1899): attorney
- Frederick Huntington Gillett (1851–1935): 37th Speaker of the United States House of Representatives
- Arthur Lincoln Gillett (1859–1938): clergyman
- Mark Healey (1791–1872): originally of New Hampshire, merchant and first president of the Merchant’s Bank
Descendant by marriage: Abbott Lawrence Lowell (1856–1943): president of Harvard University
- John Ellerton Lodge, married Anna Cabot
- Theodore Lyman (1753–1839): China trade merchant, commissioned Samuel McIntire to build one of New England’s finest country houses, The Vale
- Theodore Lyman II (1792–1849): brigadier general of militia, Massachusetts state representative, mayor of Boston
- Theodore Lyman III (1833–1897): natural scientist, aide-de-camp to Major General Meade during the American Civil War, and United States congressman from Massachusetts
- Theodore Lyman IV (1874–1954): director of Jefferson Physics Lab, Harvard; eponym of the Lyman series of spectral lines. The crater Lyman on the far side of the Moon is named after him, as is the Lyman Physics Building at Harvard.
Original from Watertown, Massachusetts
- Peter Palfrey (1611–1663): one of the founders of Salem, Salem representative to the first General Court of Massachusetts Bay Colony
- William Palfrey (1741–1780): American patriot, Aide-de-camp to George Washington, chief clerk to John Hancock, successful merchant
- John G. Palfrey I (1796–1881): played a leading role in the creation of Harvard Divinity School, first Dean of Harvard Divinity School, U.S. Congressman from Massachusetts, Unitarian minister, historian
- Francis Winthrop Palfrey (1831–1889): historian, decorated Union officer
- Sarah Palfrey Danzig (1912–1996): won 18 national tennis championship titles (singles, doubles, mixed doubles)
- John G. Palfrey V (1919–1979): member of President Kennedy’s Atomic Energy Commission, Dean of Columbia University
- John G. “Sean” Palfrey VI (b. 1945): pediatrician and advocate, Harvard Faculty Dean of Adams House with Judy Palfrey
- John G. Palfrey VII (b. 1972): educator and author, historian, Headmaster of Phillips Andover
Other notable relatives:
Originally of Sudbury, Massachusetts:
- Colonel Epes Sargent (1690–1762): colonel of militia before the Revolution and a justice of the general session court for more than 30 years
- Major General Robert Sedgwick (1611-1656), immigrant, Commander of the Massachusetts Bay Colony forces
- Hon. Theodore Sedgwick (1746-1813), 4th Speaker of the United States House of Representatives
- Sylvanus Thayer (1785–1872), United States general and Father of West Point
- Nathaniel Thayer, Jr. (1808–1883): Financier, philanthropist. Partner in John E. Thayer and brother firm which he left to clerks Kidder and Peabody after his retirement. One of the most generous citizens of Boston donating Thayer Hall to Harvard University. He was an overseer of Harvard, 1866–1868, and a fellow, 1868–1875
- Nathaniel Thayer, III (1851–1911): Capitalist and pioneer railroad promoter
- Bayard Thayer (1862–1916): Millionaire sportsman, horticulturist.
- Eugene Van Rensselaer Thayer (1855–1907): Financier and Capitalist
- Eugene Van Rensselaer Thayer, Jr. (1881–1937): Harvard class of 1904. President of Merchants and Chase National Banks. Chairman of Stutz motorcars.
- James Bradley Thayer (1831–1902), American legal writer and educationist
- Ernest Thayer (1863–1940), American poet, author of “Casey at the Bat”, and uncle of Scofield Thayer
- Scofield Thayer (1889–1982), American poet and publisher
- Eli Thayer (1819–1899), member of the United States House of Representatives from Massachusetts
- John A. Thayer (1857–1917), member of the United States House of Representatives from Massachusetts
- John R. Thayer (1845–1916), member of the United States House of Representatives from Massachusetts
- John Milton Thayer (1820–1906), United States Senator and Civil War general
- Webster Thayer (1857–1933), the judge at the trial of Sacco and Vanzetti
- William Greenough Thayer (1863–1934), American educator
- Tommy Thayer (1960), lead guitarist for the rock band Kiss
- Richard Warren (1578–1628): London merchant, Mayflower passenger
- James Warren (1726–1808): Army general, paymaster of American Army, president of Massachusetts Congress
- Mercy Otis Warren (1728–1814): playwright, historian, revolutionary
- Joseph Warren (1741–1775): major-general, hero/martyr of Bunker Hill, president of Massachusetts Congress, sent Paul Revere on his famous midnight ride
- John Warren (1753–1815): founder of Harvard Medical School, surgeon at Bunker Hill, co-founder of the Massachusetts Medical Society
- John Collins Warren (1778–1856): surgeon, gave first public demonstration of surgical anesthesia, a founder of The New England Journal of Medicine, president of the American Medical Association, founding dean of Harvard Medical School, and a founder of Massachusetts General Hospital
- Winslow Warren (1838–1930): American attorney who served as Collector of Customs for the Port of Boston during the second administration of Grover Cleveland
- John Collins Warren Jr. (1842–1927): surgeon and president of the American Surgical Association
- Charles Warren (1868–1954): lawyer and legal scholar who won a Pulitzer Prize for his book The Supreme Court in United States History
- John Winthrop (1588–1649): governor of Massachusetts Bay Colony
- Lucy Winthrop Downing, mother of diplomat Sir George Downing, 1st Baronet, founder of New York, of Downing Street, London, and ultimately of Downing College, Cambridge, UK. Lucy’s letter to her brother Governor Winthrop provided the impetus for the founding of Harvard College.
- John Winthrop: married Anne Dudley, granddaughter of Thomas Dudley
- John Winthrop (1714–1779): acting president of Harvard, pioneer of American science
- Thomas Lindall Winthrop (1760–1841): lieutenant governor of Massachusetts
- Robert Charles Winthrop (1809–1894): lawyer, politician, philanthropist
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