National Geographic : 1898 Feb
GARDINER GREENE HUBBARD who were privileged to enter the closer circle of personal friend ship knew that however ample those possessions, however varied and admirable those achievements, they were much less than the man himself. They were the natural, almost the necessary, fruit of a clear intellect, a strong will, and, above all, a moral force that instinctively arrayed itself with generous sympathy on the side of the true, the beautiful, and the good. The good causes of which Mr Hubbard was ever the discrim inating and liberal, though modest, patron; the good work in which he was, to the very close of his life, an active participant, were not external to him; they were, one and all, part of his own nature. He was too self-respecting a man to court notoriety, either as a philanthropist or as a patron of education or science, by ostentatious benevolence. Now that Mr Hubbard has gone from us forever, we begin to realize how large, how unique, and how beautiful a part he bore in the social, charitable, and intellectual life of his adopted city. Washington is doubtless destined to become more and more the residence of men who have won fame or fortune in other parts of the country, and come here to make their homes amid congenial surroundings, homes of hospitality, and not seldom homes of re finement and culture. Mr Hubbard did this and he did more than this. No home in Washington has dispensed a more charm ing and constant hospitality than his. He came to Washington with an acknowledged social position, with well known and honorable lineage, with liberal education and refined tastes, with large and successful experience in the business world, with a mind stored and broadened and liberalized by much reading and much contact with men and things in his own and other coun tries. For such a man it was inevitable that he should become associated with every form of charitable, educational, and scien tific work in this country that appealed to a man of public and patriotic spirit, and if he became connected with them, it was as inevitable that he should become a leader in them. His election, as Professor Bell has told us, to the presidency of the Joint Commission of the seven scientific societies of Wash ington is but one illustration of this. The Congress of the United States chose him a Regent of the Smithsonian Institu tion. His associates on the board made him a member of its executive committee, charged with a personal supervision of this institution and of the scientific department which Congress had placed under its administration.