A.D. Club

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The A.D. Club is a final club established at Harvard University in 1836, the continuation of a chapter of the Alpha Delta Phi fraternity existing as an honorary chapter until 1846, and then as a regular chapter until the late 1850s. At that time, owing to the prevailing sentiment against such societies, it became a strictly secret society, known among its members as the "Haidee," the name of a college boat. The chapter surrendered its charter in 1865, and has since existed as the A.D. Club.


In 1872, the club rooms were moved from the upper story of a brick house on Palmer Street to a building on Brattle Street. These rooms were occupied until 1878, when a club-house was obtained on the corner of Mt. Auburn and Dunster Streets. In 1900, the club moved to its present club-house at 1 Plympton St.[1]

Notable Members[edit]

William Randolph Hearst - American business magnate and leading newspaper publisher.[2]

Benjamin C. Bradlee - Executive Editor of the Washington Post. Oversaw Watergate scandal[3]

James Blake - Professional tennis player, reached a high of number 4 in the world.[4]

Thomas Blake - Professional tennis player.

Charles Francis Adams III - Secretary of the Navy

Charles Francis Adams Jr. - General in the Union Army

Craig Adams - Current player for the Pittsburgh Penguins of the National Hockey League. Adams won the Stanley Cup with both the Carolina Hurricanes and the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Phillips Brooks - lyricist of "O Little Town of Bethlehem" and namesake of the Phillips Brooks House Association

Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. - Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, Professor at Harvard Law School.[5]

Stephen Minot Weld - Scion of the Weld Family of Boston. Schoolmaster, real estate investor and politician.[6]

J. Harleston Parker - American architect, founder Parker, Thompson & Rice.[6]

Henry Lee Higginson - Noted American businessman and philanthropist, founder of Boston Symphony Orchestra.[6]

Murray Taylor - Composer of "Ten Thousand Men of Harvard"[6]

Manning Ferguson Force - was a lawyer, judge and soldier from Ohio. Recipient of the Congressional Medal of Honor for his actions during the Civil War.[6]

Charles William Eliot - American academic and President of Harvard University.[6]


  1. ^ Cambridge Historical Commission, "City of Cambridge, Landmarks and Other Protected Properties", 2009.
  2. ^ The American Pageant: A History of the Republic, Thirteenth edition, Advanced Placement Edition, copyright 2006
  3. ^ http://www.thecrimson.com/series/the-punch/article/2010/10/5/series-men-final-clubs/
  4. ^ http://www.thecrimson.com/article/2004/1/21/blake-talks-harvard-before-aussie-open/
  5. ^ G. Edward White, Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes: Law and the Inner Self New York: Oxford University Press, 1993. Pp. ix, 628.
  6. ^ a b c d e f A.D. Club, . The A.D. Club Of Harvard University, 1837-1889 (1889). Kessinger Publishing, 2009.