Joshua Melancthon Addeman
|Born||November 5, 1840|
|Died||October 13, 1930(aged 89)|
|Other work||Lawyer |
Secretary of State of Rhode Island
Joshua Melancthon Addeman (1840-1930) served as Secretary of State of Rhode Island from 1872 to 1887.
Early life and education
Joshua M. Addeman was born in Bay of Islands, New Zealand on November 15, 1840. He was the son of Thomas Addeman and Maria (Fligg) Addeman. He was educated in the Providence public schools and graduated from Brown in 1862.
Later in the Civil War, Addeman was commissioned as the captain of Company H of the 2nd Battalion of the 14th Rhode Island Heavy Artillery (Colored). He served with that unit from 1863 to 1865. In January 1864, he went with his battalion to Louisiana where the battalion garrisoned a fort at Plaquemine, Louisiana guarding the northern approaches to New Orleans. After Lee's surrender in April 1865, the battalion was moved to Donaldsonville where Addeman was appointed a Provost Marshal with power to enforce all laws made by the occupying Union Army. He returned to Rhode Island with his unit in October 1865.
After the war, he became a lawyer and resided in Providence. In 1872, he married Louise Waterman Winsor (died 1936).
In 1880, he published his war memoir Reminiscences of Two Years with the Colored Troops.
In addition to his political interests, Addeman was treasurer of the Industrial Trust Company, and later its Vice-President. He was Clerk of the Common Council of Providence, treasurer and then Vice-President of the Rhode Island Electric Protective Company, President of the Franklin Lyceum, President of the Soldiers and Sailors Historical Society of Rhode Island, Vice-President of the Home for Aged Men in Providence and President of the Tenth Rhode Island Veterans Association.
He was a member of the Grand Army of the Republic and the Freemasons. Sometime between 1881 and 1893, he was elected as an honorary member of the New York Society of the Cincinnati. He later transferred his membership to the Rhode Island Society of the Cincinnati.
Death and legacy
- Marquis Who's Who, Inc. Who Was Who in American History, the Military. Chicago: Marquis Who's Who, 1975. P. 4 ISBN 0837932017 OCLC 657162692
- "Joshua Melancthon Addeman (1840 - 1930) - Find A Grave Memorial".
- Kestenbaum, Lawrence. "The Political Graveyard: Index to Politicians: Adams-medina to Aeschliman".
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