A while ago, I wrote about one of the odder monuments on the Boston Common, which is dedicated to the Oneida football team (undefeated from 1862 to 1865, though the Civil War might have had something to do with that streak). But what I find fascinating are the names on the roster:
So you have your typical Boston Brahmin names from the mid-nineteenth century: Arnold, Peabody, Forbes. Even a New York transplant, Thies. And then at the bottom…
Huntington Frothingham Wolcott
Did his friends call him Huntington? Or Hunt for short? Maybe ‘Ting.’ Hopefully, not ‘Frothy.’ His entire name consists of last names.
At least I hope that’s his name, and not a continuation of the previous line which would give you Robert Clifford Watson Huntington Frothingham Wolcott.
I believe this is the first evidence of the degeneration of Boston’s WASP elite…
An aside: while people think of Boston as an Irish city, the power structure, until the 1940s, was dominated by white Protestants.