Wayland Minot

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Wayland Minot
Harvard Crimson
Position Halfback
Class Graduate
Career history
College Harvard
Personal information
Born: October 23, 1889
Cambridge, Massachusetts
Died: November 20, 1957
Belmont, Massachusetts
Career highlights and awards
All-American (1909)

Wayland Manning Minot (October 23, 1889 – November 20, 1957) was an American football player. He played college football at Harvard University and was selected as a consensus All-American at the center position in 1909.[1]

Minot was married in 1913 to Anna Marie Shaughnessy. They had five children, Ruth (born 1914), Wayland, Jr. (born 1915), Anna (born 1918), Elizabeth (born 1922), and Herbert (born 1925).[2] In the late 1920s, he lived in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and served as Parks Commissioner.[3] In 1930, Cambridge Mayor Richard M. Russell to serve as City Treasurer, but his nomination was rejected by the City Council.[4][5] Minot later became an investment counselor in Boston, Massachusetts.[6]

In January 1933, Minot was involved in a late night accident resulting in the death of one of his passengers. He crashed into a draw bridge of the Charles River Dam Bridge, and the vehicle burned. Minot was placed under arrest and charged with manslaughter.[7][8] Although a police officer testified that the smell of liquor was on Minot's breath, he did not believe Minot was under the influence, and Minot was found not guilty of manslaughter.[9][10][11]

Minot died in November 1957 at his home in Belmont, Massachusetts.[6]


  1. ^ "Award Winners" (PDF). NCAA. 2012. p. 4.
  2. ^ "Wayland Manning Minot - Anna Marie Shaughnessy". Sedgwick Genealogy North America.
  3. ^ "Harvard Students Get Cold Reception: Slammed Doors Greet Trio Gathering Statistics Excited Residents in Cambridge Keep Police Lines Busy". Boston Daily Globe. April 30, 1927. p. 2.
  4. ^ "Cambridge Council Rejects Maj. Minot: Turns Down Mayor Again on City Treasurer Post Russell Says Delay on School Money Blocks Aid to Unemployed". Daily Boston Globe. May 28, 1930. p. 19.
  5. ^ "Minot Again Named by Mayor Russell: Choice for City Treasurer to Succeed Lehan Failed of Confirmation Last Week--Cambridge Council Meets". Daily Boston Globe. June 4, 1930. p. 10.
  6. ^ a b "Wayland M. Minot". Daily Boston Globe. November 21, 1957.
  7. ^ "One Killed; 5 Injured in Auto Mishap". The Meriden Daily Journal. January 18, 1933.
  8. ^ "John Todd Dies in Crash: Montgomery Ward Ward Official of Montclair, N.J., Killed in Boston". The New York Times. January 17, 1933.
  9. ^ "Minot Found Not Guilty in Auto Fatality Case". Daily Boston Globe. February 1, 1933.
  10. ^ "Officer Says Minot Was Sober At Crash: Smelled Liquor, but Found Man Not Under Influence". Daily Boston Globe. October 19, 1933. p. 4.
  11. ^ "Minot's Car Locked Fenders With Another: Two Drivers Heard in Suit Growing Out of Crash". Daily Boston Globe. October 20, 1933. p. 34.
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