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]

Benjamin C. Bradlee - Executive Editor of the Washington Post. Oversaw coverage of the Watergate scandal[2]

James Blake - Professional tennis player, reached a high of number 4 in the world.[3]

David McKendree Key - United States Ambassador, served under at least six U. S. Presidents from Warren G. Harding to Dwight D. Eisenhower.

Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. - Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, Professor at Harvard Law School.[4]

Stephen Minot Weld - Scion of the Weld Family of Boston. Schoolmaster, real estate investor and politician.[5]

J. Harleston Parker - American architect, founder Parker, Thompson & Rice.[5]

Henry Lee Higginson - Noted American businessman and philanthropist, founder of Boston Symphony Orchestra.[5]

Murray Taylor - Composer of "Ten Thousand Men of Harvard"[5]

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.[5]

Charles William Eliot - American academic and President of Harvard University.[5]

Robert Bacon - American businessman who served as an ambassador to France, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State, and U.S. Secretary of State.[6]


  1. ^ Cambridge Historical Commission, "City of Cambridge, Landmarks and Other Protected Properties" Archived 2010-06-05 at the Wayback Machine., 2009.
  2. ^ http://www.thecrimson.com/series/the-punch/article/2010/10/5/series-men-final-clubs/
  3. ^ http://www.thecrimson.com/article/2004/1/21/blake-talks-harvard-before-aussie-open/
  4. ^ G. Edward White, Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes: Law and the Inner Self New York: Oxford University Press, 1993. Pp. ix, 628.
  5. ^ a b c d e f A.D. Club, . The A.D. Club Of Harvard University, 1837-1889 (1889). Kessinger Publishing, 2009.
  6. ^ https://history.state.gov/departmenthistory/people/bacon-robert