Nathaniel Hugh Cotton


Nathaniel Hugh Cotton attended St. Paul’s School from 1866 to 1872 and is a member of the Form of 1871.

According to Arthur Stanwood Pier’s St. Paul’s School 1855-1934 (pg. 151), in 1871 Cotton was a member of the Shattuck crew team, rowing in the 2nd position, and competed in the first annual crew race at St. Paul’s School.  Shattucks finished in third place due to one of the oarsmen having caught a crab. This first race began the tradition that is still held each Anniversary weekend at St. Paul’s School.

His obituary appeared in the Autumn 1941 issue of the Alumni Horae (pg. 146), and is excerpted below:

He was a fine gymnast, rowed in the Old Hundred shell on Big Turkey Pond and was Captain of the Old Hundred cricket team. He did not go to college. In his day a college education was recommended only for boys intending to enter a profession, and his father had destined him for a business career. . . Mr. Cotton was born of an American father and a British mother in Barbadoes, B.W.I. on January 8, 1853 and died in New York City, April 23, 1941 in his 89th year. He spent much of his life abroad and liked to recall the number of times he had crossed the Atlantic.

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Kimball, Willis G. C. "Nathaniel Hugh Cotton." St. Paul's School. Ohrstrom Library Digital Archives. Web. 21 July 2024.