Augustus Hemenway

Augustus Hemenway (1853–1931) was a philanthropist and public servant in Boston, Massachusetts, in the latter part of the 19th century. He was educated at Harvard University, the son of Edward Augustus Holyoke Hemenway and Mary Tileston Hemenway. His siblings were Edith Hemenway Eustis (1851-1904), Charlotte Augusta (d. 1865), Alice, (d. in infancy), and Amy.[1]

Augustus Hemenway
Augustus Hemenway Jr by William Notman c1875.jpg
Hemenway c. 1875
Member of the
Massachusetts House of Representatives
from the 4th Norfolk district
In office
Personal details
Alma materHarvard University

In 1878, he donated the Hemenway Gymnasium to Harvard and expanded it in 1895; he also served as an overseer of the university. He supported a number of other institutions in the Boston area, including the Museum of Fine Arts, Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, Groton School, Metropolitan Park Commission, and MIT. In December 1881, he married Harriet Lawrence, who became the cofounder of the initial Audubon Society; the Massachusetts Audubon Society; they had 5 children.

Augustus Hemenway, by Frank Weston Benson, 1919

Hemenway served in the Massachusetts House of Representatives in 1890 and 1891.[2] Upon his death in 1931, it was said of him: "In the various interests ... thrust upon him he never failed to do his full share in attending to the work at hand."[3]


  1. ^ Lawrence, Robert Means (1904). The descendants of Major Samuel Lawrence of Groton, Massachusetts: with some mention of allied families (Public domain ed.). Printed at the Riverside press. pp. 227–. ISBN 9780608318417. Retrieved 18 January 2013.
  2. ^ Who was who in America.
  3. ^ Augustus Hemenway. Bulletin of the Museum of Fine Arts, Vol. 29, No. 174 (Aug. 1931); p. 58.

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