Historical Figures Featured in Banners Around Town

Watertown Square – Residents and commuters passing through Watertown Square and the East End will be getting a free history lesson thanks to Watertown Savings Bank and the Historical Society of Watertown.

WSB Vice-President of Marketing Carole Katz has worked at the bank for 30 years and along the way has learned a lot about Watertown’s storied history. “I’ve learned a lot about Watertown in those years, and the more I learn, the more impressed I am,” said Katz.

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Photo by Dan Hogan

The 22 banners are spread throughout Watertown Square and the the East End, depicting the names and portraits of 11 individuals from Watertown who made a significant impact on the world.

Here is a list and description of the men and women included on in the project:

Charles Brigham (1841-1925): The architect of the Museum of Fine Arts and the Christian Science Church extension.
Lydia Maria Child (1802-1880): An abolitionist, women’s rights activist, Native American rights activist, novelist, and journalist.
Benjamin Robbins Curtis (1809-1874): A US Supreme Court Justice who resigned on principle following the Dred Scott decision.
Sterling Elliott (1852-1922): A businessman and inventor who contributed to the making of the automobile.
Adeline Fowle (1799-1869): In her first marriage, she saved her husband’s bank from collapse in Paris. She later married the French ambassador to England and traveled the world.
Convers Francis (1795-1863): A writer, preacher, and moderator for the Transcendental Club, which included Ralph Waldo Emerson, Bronson Alcott, Henry David Thoreau and Margaret Fuller.
Harriet Hosmer (1830-1908): She is considered the most distinguished female sculptor in America of the 19th century. Her work can be seen in the Museum of Fine Arts.
Ellen Robbins (1828-1905): An artist known for her botanical illustrations. Her designs have been in books, fabrics, and on fine china.
Charles Pratt (1830-1891): A petroleum industry businessman who founded the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn.
Sir Richard Saltonstall (1586-1661): Led a group of English settlers up the Charles River to settle what is now called Watertown.
Anne Whitney (1821-1915): A poet, suffragette, abolitionist, and a sculptor. Her statue of Sam Adams still stands outside Faneuil Hall.


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