CORCELLUS HUBBARD HACKETT
Corcellus Hubbard Hackett
was born April 20, 1839, at Tunbridge, Vermont. His preparatory course was taken at the Union Academy, Canaan, New
Hampshire, and he entered College at the commencement of Freshman year, August 24, 1860. He was obliged to leave us,
during the Spring term of Freshman year in 1861, on account of ill health.
After remaining at home a few months, he went to Weymouth, Massachusetts, and secured a situation as bookkeeper. His
health very gradually improved; but becoming more and more interested in business, he finally, but very reluctantly,
abandoned the idea of returning to college. He remained in Weymouth, clerking and in business in a small way for
himself, until the Winter of 1863. In April, 1864, he became a salesman in a wholesale clothing house in Boston,
Massachusetts, in which capacity he continued until December, 1865, at which date he entered into copartnership with
Messrs. Miner and Beal, under the style of Miner, Beal & Co., which was changed a little later to Miner, Beal &
Hackett. This house was one of the most successful in its line in Boston, having from comparatively small beginnings
placed itself at the head of the list, and continued to lead, possibly with the exception of sharing the honor with
occasionally. Their losses at the great Boston fire in November, 1872, were very heavy, their stock, which was
consumed, amounting to about $350,000. They saved only their books; but their credit was unimpaired, and they
immediately resumed business, and the subsequent years were particularly prosperous. He severed his connection with
the house in December, 1882, having been a member of the firm for seventeen years. He now retires from active business
for the present. His career as a business man has been eminently successful. In February, 1883, he took a trip to
Florida, returning to Boston in May.
On June 16, 1883, he sailed with his family for Europe, where he expects to remain indefinitely, seeking rest, of
which he very much feels the need.
His religious preferences are Congregational. In politics, he is a Republican.
He was married July 23, 1866, to Miss Helen L. Humphrey, of East Weymouth, Massachusetts. They have two children:
Helen Grace, born October 19, 1869, and Harold Humphrey, born July 13, 1878.
Source: "Memorialia of the Class of '64 in Dartmouth College" complied by John C.
Webster, Shepard & Johnston, Printers, 1884, Chicago
Submitted by Deborah Crowell