Friday, June 28, 2013

Nesbit Gamaliel Gleason (1872-1948)

From Bridgeman's "Souvenir of Massachusetts Legislators", 1917 edition.

    An active civic leader and political figure in Andover, Essex County, Massachusetts, Nesbit Gamaliel Gleason was for many years one of Andover's leading citizens. A one term member of the Massachusetts State House of Representatives as well as a delegate to the State Constitutional Convention of 1917-18, Gleason was also held high office in two different masonic lodges in Massachusetts. Born in the city of Lawrence on November 11, 1872, Nesbit G. Gleason attended the public schools of that town and was employed by the American Express Co. and later, the American Woolen Company. He married on June 7, 1894 to Alice Christie, who was born in Scotland. They became the parents of one daughter, Elsie Grosvernor Gleason in March 1895.
   In 1901 he was elected as Andover town auditor and served in this capacity for over fifteen years. In addition to his serving as town clerk, Gleason was also the chairman of the Andover Republican town committee from 1909 to 1910.  In 1915 he was elected as one of Essex County's representatives in the Massachusetts General Court. Taking his seat in 1916, Gleason was named to the house committees on counties, Social Insurance, and chaired the committee on Municipal Insurance. During his legislative term Gleason was also a member of the Massachusetts State Constitutional Convention of 1917-1918. 
  Prominent in the local masonic fraternity, Gleason held memberships in two lodges in the Essex County area. He was a Past Master of the St. Matthews Masonic Lodge, a member of the Mt. Sinai Royal Arch Masons, a member of the Ancient Order of the Accepted Scottish Rite, a member of the Andover Odd Fellows Lodge, and was a member of the Aleppo Temple of the Mystic Shrine. The remainder of Nesbit G. Gleason's life following his term in the legislature is totally unknown. He is recorded in 1940 U.S. Census as a 67 year old residing at Mt. Vernon Street in Boston with his wife and daughter, whose death dates also remain unknown at this time.
  As this article "went to press", as it were, it was lacking a death date for Mr. Gleason, and despite my best attempts at perusing my usual archived newspaper resources and genealogical webpages, one could not be found! I'd like to offer forth a hail and hearty thank you to SNIAPH Facebook friend John Mark Woodbury for locating Mr. Gleason's date of demise, courtesy of the ever useful Ancestry.com. Nesbit Gleason passed away on June 19, 1948, in his 76th year, three decades after his service in the Massachusetts legislature. 

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