Wayland Minot
Date of birth: October 23, 1889
Place of birth: Cambridge, Massachusetts
Date of death: November 20, 1957
Place of death: Belmont, Massachusetts
Career information
Position(s): Halfback
College: Harvard University

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". 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: p. 2. April 30, 1927.
  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: p. 19. May 28, 1930.
  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: p. 10. June 4, 1930.
  6. 6.0 6.1 "Wayland M. Minot". Daily Boston Globe. November 21, 1957.
  7. "One Killed; 5 Injured in Auto Mishap". The Meriden Daily Journal. January 18, 1933.,1240328&dq=wayland+minot&hl=en.
  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: p. 4. October 19, 1933.
  11. "Minot's Car Locked Fenders With Another: Two Drivers Heard in Suit Growing Out of Crash". Daily Boston Globe: p. 34. October 20, 1933.'S+CAR+LOCKED+FENDERS+WITH+OTHER&pqatl=google.

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