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Board of Trustees - Former Trustees

Jarvis Dwight Braman

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Trustee of the Boston Public Library, 1869-1872. Born 1825 in Cambridge and died 1888 in Boston. Real estate developer, soldier and politician. Educated in the Boston Latin and Chauncy Hall Schools, Jarvis Dwight Braman was active in the real estate business with particular interest in the Back Bay area. His realty development activities included presidencies of the Boston Water Power Company; of the various Boston Street Railway Companies; of the Eastern Railroad Company; of the Charles River Embankment Company; and of the Brookline Land Company. Prior to the outbreak of the Civil War, Mr. Braman was a major in the Massachusetts Rifle Battalion. Although he had raised a battalion to participate, Governor Andrew appointed him to his staff and, on the illness of General Marshall, served as the Paymaster-General for Massachusetts during the entire conflict. While serving as Paymaster-General, he established for the colored men serving in the Massachusetts regiments a free school which later was incorporated into the public school system as an evening school. Mr. Braman became a member of the Boston Common Council on his return to civilian life from 1865-1866 and was a member of the Board of Aldermen in 1867 and 1868. Concurrent to his trusteeship with the Library, Trustee Braman founded and planned the public park system in Boston. He was also a member of the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company as a lieutenant, as well as a member of St. Andrew’s Royal Arch Chapter and of the Boston Commandery of the Knights Templar.

Professional and Industrial History of Suffolk County, Massachusetts. Boston: Boston History Company, 1894.

Roberts, Oliver Ayer. History of the Military Company of the Massachusetts, now called The Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company of Massachusetts, 1637-1888. Boston: Alfred Mudge & Son, 1901.

Wadlin, Horace G. The Public Library of the City of Boston: A History. Boston: Trustees of the Boston Public Library, 1911.

Whitehill, Walter Muir. Boston Public Library: A Centennial History. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1956.