Born: February 12, 1873, La Porte, Indiana, United States
Died: June 3, 1936, Gloucester, Massachusetts, United States
Education: Princeton University
Lived: Red Roof, Eastern Point, Gloucester, MA 01930, USA (42.58342, -70.65782)
Buried: Red Roof, Eastern Point, Gloucester, MA 01930, USA (42.58342, -70.65782) (ashes)
Find A Grave Memorial# 7924669
Party: Republican Party
Battles and wars: World War I
Books: Banking Problems, Statistics for the United States, 1867-1909
Awards: Legion of Honour, Distinguished Service Medal
Henry Davis Sleeper was a noted antiquarian, collector, and interior decorator. The Harvard economist A. Piatt Andrew who had built a handsome summer mansion, Red Roof, on a rock ledge above the harbor, introduced Henry Sleeper to the Eastern Point in Gloucester, Massachusetts in the spring of 1906. Sleeper was much taken by the location and immediately decided to build a little further along the ledge from Red Roof. Construction of Beauport, Sleeper's relatively modestly scaled Arts and Crafts-style house began in the fall of 1907 and was sufficiently finished to receive A. Piatt Andrew as a houseguest in May 1908. Abram Piatt Andrew Jr. was a United States Representative from Massachusetts. Also Sleeper became the U.S. Representative, and a major fundraiser for the American Field Service, an ambulance corps founded by Andrew early during World War I. Sleeper died in Massachusetts General Hospital of leukemia on September 22, 1934 and is buried in his family's plot in Mount Auburn Cemetery located in Watertown and Cambridge, Massachusetts. Andrew wrote the memorial tribute published in the Gloucester Daily Times. A gay man, some source say that Sleeper was in a relationship with Andrew. Others state that the two were just friends.
Together from 1906 to 1934: 28 years.
Abram Piatt Andrew Jr. (February 12, 1873 – June 3, 1936)
Henry Davis Sleeper (March 27, 1878 - September 22, 1934)
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Red Roof was the Gloucester Massachusetts home of Congressman A. Piatt Andrew.
Address: Eastern Point, Gloucester, MA 01930, USA (42.58342, -70.65782)
Type: Private Property
Built in 1902, Design by Joseph Everett Chandler (1863-1946)
Red Roof was built to A. Piatt Andreaw’s own specifications and design on Eastern Point overlooking the Gloucester harbor. Andrew died at Red Roof in June of 1936. After his death Andrew’s sister maintained the home as a memorial to her brother. The house remained in the family until recently, largely untouched since 1936. The library or "dugout" was added to the house in 1909. The rooms, which consist of the main library and two small rooms on either side of a short hallway that leads from the house, were meant to be fireproof. The walls were cinder block, the shelves metal, and the roof terra cotta. Red Roof was torn down but parts of it are being preserved, including the Garden Room onto the upper terrace. This is the spot where Andrew lay in a hospital bed as Ike Patch held his hand while he passed away.
Who: Abram Piatt Andrew, Jr. (February 12, 1873 – June 3, 1936)
A. Piatt Andrew was an economist, an Assistant Secretary of the Treasury, the founder and director of the American Ambulance Field Service during WWI, and a United States Representative from Massachusetts. He moved to Gloucester, Massachusetts, and was instructor and assistant professor of economics at Harvard University from 1900 to 1909. He died on June 3, 1936, in Gloucester, Massachusetts, at his home "Red Roof" from influenza, which he had been suffering from for several weeks. The following day the United States House of Representatives adjourned at 2:55 p.m. to honor his death. His remains were cremated and the ashes scattered from an airplane flying over his estate on Eastern Point in Gloucester. A lifelong bachelor, some sources state that Andrew was in a relationship with his neighbor, interior designer Henry Davis Sleeper (1878-1934.) Others state that the two were just friends.
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