Maurice Howe Richardson

Maurice Howe Richardson (31 December 1851, Athol, Massachusetts – 2 August 1912) was an American surgeon.[1]

Richardson, who qualified MD at Harvard Medical School in 1877 was appointed Moseley Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School in 1907 and Surgeon-in-Chief at Massachusetts General Hospital, where he specialized in abdominal surgery.[2]

He is remembered as inventor of the Richardson abdominal retractor.

Personal life

While a student in Fitchburg, Massachusetts, he was a student of Eliza Trask Hill.

Richardson married Margaret White Peirson in July 1879; they had six children. The six children were Edward Peirson, Mary Tuckerman, Maurice Howe, Henry Barber, Margaret, and Wyman Richardson.[3] The eldest son Edward Peirson Richardson (1881–1944) became a noted physician and father of the lawyer Elliot Richardson. Mary Tuckerman Richardson (1882–1953) married Robert Walcott in 1907. Maurice Howe Richardson, II (1886–1961) became an insurance broker. Henry B. Richardson won two Olympic bronze medals and graduated from Harvard University in 1910. Margaret Richardson married Hall Roosevelt. Wyman Richardson (1896–1953) became a physician and noted author.


  1. ^ "Memorials to Maurice Howe Richardson, M.D." Boston Medical and Surgical Journal. 167 (26): 903–91.
  2. ^ "Richardson, Maurice Howe, 1851-1912". Social Networks and Archival Context. Retrieved 11 March 2017.
  3. ^ McClung, Robert Gardner (ed.). Representative Massachusetts Wills. vol. 3. p. 89.

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Eliza Trask Hill

Eliza Trask Hill (May 10, 1840 – March 29, 1908) was an American activist, journalist, and philanthropist. During the Civil War, Hill obtained, by subscription, and presented a flag to the Fifteenth Massachusetts Regiment. Her presentation speech was so patriotic that it produced a marked effect and was widely quoted. For ten years, she was a teacher. At the age of 26, she married John Lange Hill; they had two sons and a daughter.

Hill was one of the first to join the Woman's Christian Temperance Union (WCTU), and has served in an official capacity in that body from its beginning, becoming connected with the prison and jail department. She labored for the redemption of abandoned women, but, believing that preventive is more effectual than reformatory work, she identified herself with the societies that cared for and helped working women. From 1879, when the right of school suffrage was grunted to the women of Massachusetts, she was actively engaged in politics, having worked for the Prohibition Party. Her services as an advocate of the Australian ballot system were in great demand. During the public school agitation in Boston in 1888, when 20,000 women rescued the public schools from mismanagement, Hill was among the leaders of the movement, making plans for the campaign, helping to rally the women, and by her addresses, arousing both men and women. For several years, she served as the president of the ward and city committee of Protestant Independent Women Voters, a recognized political organization, and anti-Catholic in its campaigning. When the need of a party organ was felt, Hill, unaided at first, began the publication, in Boston, of a weekly newspaper, which later was cared for by a stock company of women. Hill was editor of the paper, which was called the Woman's Voice and Public School Champion. Hill was active in the woman's suffrage movement.

Elliot Richardson

Elliot Lee Richardson (July 20, 1920 – December 31, 1999) was an American lawyer and politician who was a member of the cabinet of Presidents Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford. As U.S. Attorney General, he was a prominent figure in the Watergate Scandal, and resigned rather than obey President Nixon's order to fire special prosecutor Archibald Cox.

Richardson served as Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare from 1970 to 1973, Secretary of Defense from January to May 1973, Attorney General from May to October 1973, and Secretary of Commerce from 1976 to 1977. That makes him one of only two individuals to have held four Cabinet positions within the United States government (the other being George Shultz).

Hall Roosevelt

Gracie Hall Roosevelt (June 28, 1891 – September 25, 1941) was an engineer, banker, soldier, and municipal official who was the youngest brother of First Lady of the United States Eleanor Roosevelt and a nephew of President Theodore Roosevelt. He was usually called Hall.

List of portraits by Frank Weston Benson

Portraits by Frank Weston Benson are portraits that Frank Weston Benson was commissioned to make or made of his family. He also made landscapes, wildlife, interiors and other works of art.

After his studies at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and Académie Julian in Paris, Benson obtained commissions from judges, businessmen, and college presidents to paint portraits of themselves and their family members. In 1896 Benson began work on murals for the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.: The Graces and The Four Seasons.

Wyman Richardson

Wyman Richardson (3 August 1896, Marion, Massachusetts – 1953, Boston) was an American physician, medical school professor, amateur naturalist, and author, known for his 1947 book The House on Nauset Marsh.His father was the noted surgeon Dr. Maurice Howe Richardson. Wyman Richardson graduated with A.B. from Harvard University in 1917 and went on to earn an M.D. from Harvard Medical School. He married Charlotte Billings and was the father of several children. The family made frequent trips to their Cape Cod vacation home, which became the source of Dr. Richardson's literary fame.

Wyman Richardson, who lived in Newton, had a family practice on Beacon Street in Boston and taught hematology at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital. His escape from everyday life was Eastham, where the occasional "Do Nothing Day" was permitted.

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