- Boston philanthropist; owner of Stonehurst, an estate in Waltham, Mass.
PAINE, Robert Treat, philanthropist, was born in Boston, Mass., Oct. 28, 1835, son of Charles Cushing and Fanny Cabot (Jackson) Paine; grandson of Charles and Sarah Sumner (Cushing) Paine and of Judge Charles Jackson, and great-grandson of Robert Treat Paine, the signer.
He attended the Boston Latin school; was graduated from Harvard in 1855; studied law at Harvard Law school the following year; traveled and studied in Europe for two years, and then resumed his law studies under Richard H. Dana and Francis E. Parker of Boston. He was admitted to the bar in 1859 and practised in Boston, 1859-70. He was married, April 24, 1862, to Lydia Williams, daughter of George Williams and Anne (Pratt) Lyman of Boston.
In 1870 he retired from business and devoted himself to philanthropical work. He was a member of the sub-committee which had charge of the building of Trinity church, Boston, 1872-77, and was prominent in organizing the Associated Charities of Boston, being elected its first president in 1879. In 1887 he gave $10,000 to endow a fellowship at Harvard college for the study of sociology, and in 1890 he endowed a trust of [p.175] $200,000, called the Robert Treat Paine association, for charitable work.
He was a representative in the general court from Waltham in 1884 and was unsuccessful Democratic and Independent candidate for representative in the 49th congress in 1884. He was elected president of the Wells Memorial Workingmen's institute, which he organized in 1879 and which included a cooperative bank and building association. He also organized the Workingmen's Loan association and served as president of the congress of workingmen's clubs. In 1891 he became president of the Peace association.