National Geographic : 1898 Feb
GARDINER GREENE HUBBARD George Wyllis was descended from an old and honored fam ily, and was born in Warwick, England, about 1570. He re ceived a liberal education and settled on a valuable estate in Knapton; but, espousing the cause of the Puritans, he sent his steward, William Gibbons, with twenty men to purchase an es tate in Hartford, and on which to erect a suitable house for himself and family. Two years later he sailed for America, and at once on his arrival became an important member of the colony. He was one of the framers of the constitution in 1639, and at the first election that was held under it was chosen one of the six magistrates of Connecticut, holding that office until his death. In 1641 he was chosen deputy governor, and a year later was elevated to the higher office. Governor Wyllis was famed for his social and domestic virtues, his simplicity of manner, and his love of civil and religious liberty. He died in Hartford in 1645. It would be a pleasant task to mention other ancestors of Mr Hubbard, and even to continue his genealogical line down to himself. Moreover, it would be of interest to point out those traits of character that were inherited from his forefathers; but time will not permit. It is axiomatic that " pride of ancestry is a natural and en nobling sentiment." Well might Mr Hubbard be proud of his ancestors. As educators, ministers, governors, and generals, their names stand out conspicuous in the annals of our American col onies; they were leaders of men. And of their descendant what shall we say? Equally was he a leader among men, and law, education, literature, and science have been advanced because of his life. President BELL: Dr Daniel C. Gilman, President of Johns Hopkins University, was very dear to Mr Hubbard's heart, and he will speak upon him as a helper. President CGLMAN: I come forward tonight not as a neighbor, not as a colleague, not as a fellow-citizen, but as a friend, and I speak to you as friends. It is natural that we should regard the benefactors of society in groups, by the various services they render to their fellowmen. The gifts of genius are dramatists, poets, sculptures, pictures, buildings, and inventions; the gifts of wealth are hospitals, libraries, churches, colleges, and institu tions; the gifts of wisdom are education, science, law, philosophy; but the gift that is best of all, the gift that smells sweet and blos soms in the dust, is the gift of one's self for the benefit of others.