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William Tufts Brigham

William Tufts Brigham[1]

Male 1841 - 1926  (84 years)  Submit Photo / DocumentSubmit Photo / Document


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  • Name William Tufts Brigham 
    Born 24 May 1841  Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Biographical Information 1887 
    In 1883 William joined a group that had bought and operated a plantation in Guatemala. When the business failed and went into bankruptcy. A shortage of $17,000 was discovered in his legal trust account. He was arrested in February 1887 for allegedly embezzling the money. The charges were never proven however, he was forced to liquidate all his remaining assets. His family and friends shunned him. Broke and having little chance of finding employment in his home town, Boston, Massachusetts, he fled to Hawaii, where his old friend Charles Reed Bishop hired him as the first curator of the Bernice P. Bishop Museum. 
    William T Brigham Arrested.
    William T Brigham Arrested.
    The Worthington (Minnesota) Advance, Thursday, February 24, 1887 page 3.
    Trust Funds Missing. William T. Brigham Arrested For The Alleged Embezzlement of $17,000
    Trust Funds Missing. William T. Brigham Arrested For The Alleged Embezzlement of $17,000
    Evening Bulletin, Honolulu, Hawaii, Thursday, March 17, 1887 page 2.
    Occupation 1898 
    William was hired as the first curator of the Bishop Museum in Honolulu, Hawaii. He held this position until he retired in 1918.  
    Bishop Museum.
    Bishop Museum.
    Bishop Hall as it appears today. Built by Charles Reed Bishop to honor his wife, Princess Bernice Pauahi Bishop.
    Ward's Whale.
    Ward's Whale.
    The Museum has been proclaimed the Museum of Natural and Cultural History of Hawaii and is on the National Register of Historic Places. On of the museum's most iconic sights was obtained under Brigham in 1901. Ward's whale is a Sperm Whale skeleton that is visible from one side and covered with a paper mache "skin" on the other side.
    Biographical Information 1903 
    William T Brigham Censured.
    William T Brigham Censured.
    The Hawaiian Star, Tuesday, September 22, 1903 page 4.
    Biographical Information 1905 
    Honorary Degree. 
    How Columbia Made Brigham A Doctor.
    How Columbia Made Brigham A Doctor.
    The Daily Pacific Commercial Advertiser, Honolulu, Hawaii, Thursday, November 9, 1905 page 3.
    Died 30 Jan 1926  Honolulu, Honolulu, Hawaii Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Dr Brigham Ill.
    Dr Brigham Ill.
    The Albuquerque Journal, Albuquerque, New Mexico, Tuesday, January, 12, 1926, page 3.
    Noted Scientist Dies In Honolulu.
    Noted Scientist Dies In Honolulu.
    Santa Ana (California) Register, Monday, February 1, 1926 page one.
    Buried Mount Auburn Cemetery, Cambridge, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Siblings 4 siblings 
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    Person ID I1200  Nagel
    Last Modified 13 Nov 2017 

    Father William Brigham,   b. 26 Sep 1806, Grafton, Worcester, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Jul 1869  (Age 62 years) 
    Relationship Birth 
    Mother Margaret Austin Brooks,   b. 6 Jul 1817, Charlestown, Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Feb 1886, Brookline, Norfolk, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 68 years) 
    Relationship Birth 
    Married 11 Jun 1840  Hillsboro, Montgomery, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F936  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart