Robert Treat Paine (1835-1910)

He was an American philanthropist and descendant of Thomas Paine whose most successful and original enterprise was the Wells Memorial Institute for Workingmen. Its building became a center of industrial and trade school courses, the seat of a cooperative bank, a successful club for working men, and even a meeting place of organized labor. He was one of the first to fully appreciate that social problems must be scientifically studied. He and his wife founded the Robert Treat Paine fellowship to enable Harvard graduates to study, at home or abroad, the ethical problems of society and public and private methods of ameliorating the conditions of the masses.

Date:
1875 circa 15 years
Original Format:
Photographic Print
Item#:
MES03255
Height:
971px
Width:
684px
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