The Philbrick & Philbrook Research Group

Descendants of Thomas Philbrick,
past and present,
who have left their mark on the world.


Charles Henry PHILBRICK (1837-1885), Private Secretary To President Lincoln.  One man who touched Abraham Lincoln's life in a rather important way has rarely been mentioned in studies of the sixteenth President.  He has been neglected previously because information on his life has been almost impossible to acquire.  Yet some serious students of Lincolniana have at least heard the name "Charley" Philbrick.  When Lincoln became the Republican Party's candidate for President on May 18, 1860, he selected John George Nicolay (1832-1901) to serve as his private secretary, taking him from his chief clerkship position under Ozias Mather Hatch, the Illinois Secretary of State.  To replace Nicolay, Hatch hired Philbrick from Griggsville, Pike County, Illinois - Hatch's own home town.  Charles Henry Philbrick was then 23 years of age and the son of Jabez D. & Elizabeth H. (Lyman) Philbrick.  You can read the entire story by clicking HERE. You can see his genealogy by clicking HERE!

Homer B. Williams (1865-1943) was the President of Bowling Green State University from 1912 to 1937.  He was the 7th great-grandson of Thomas PHILBRICK, the emigrant.

He was born to John and Mary (Secrest) Williams on October 16, 1865, in Mt. Ephraim, Ohio. After graduating from high school, he entered Ohio Northern and received a bachelor of Arts degree from that institution. He continued his education at Baldwin-Wallace and completed graduate degrees there and at Columbia University in New York City.

His career as a teacher started in the rural and village schools in 1885 and he quickly moved from teaching to more administrative positions. He was superintendent of schools at Dunkirk, Ohio from 1887 to 1889. He served successively in similar capacities at various Ohio school districts:
Caldwell (1889-1992), Kenton (1892-1894) and Cambridge (1894-1898), before being appointed as superintendent at Sandusky, a position he held until 1912. In May of 1912, Williams accepted the position of president of the newly organized normal college in Bowling Green, Ohio. He remained president until his retirement in 1937. He was named as head of the Bureau of Alumni Relations and then returned as interim president in 1938 when the current president, Dr. Offenhauer, was killed in an automobile accident. He then stepped down when the next president, Frank Prout, was hired in 1939. When Williams retired, the institution had grown from a normal school to a state university, from an original faculty of 15 to one numbering over one hundred, and a student enrollment of 153 to that of over 1800. Its campus had grown from the original Administration Building to nine buildings.

While a student at Ohio Northern, Williams met another student, Cora Brewer, and the two were married in 1890. Their children were Lloyd, John, Elbert and Mary Elizabeth. Both were actively involved in the Bowling Green community. Williams took a leadership role within the community, specifically the Methodist Church, Kiwanis, the Town and Gown Club, and the Chamber of Commerce. Williams died on September 22, 1943 and his wife died September 5, 1954.

Williams Hall is named in his honor.

Mary PHILBROOK (1872-1958), was one of New Jersey's most prominent women for equal rights. She was the first woman attorney in New Jersey and then used her legal training for the advancement of women's rights, the social settlement movement in Jersey City, and a gender free writing of the New Jersey Constitution of 1947.

Mary Philbrook was born in Washington, D.C. in 1872 but her family moved to Jersey City by the time she was six. She attended Public School #11 (now the Martin Luther King, Jr. School) and then Jersey City High School (now William L. Dickinson High School). Philbrook left school before graduating to become a stenographer in a law office, and she applied to be admitted to the New Jersey Bar in February 1894.

Mary travelled to England in 1932 to research the English origins of her ancestor Thomas Philbrick.  Her notes were used by G. Andrews Moriarity, A. M., F. S. A., to compose his article "The English Connections of Thomas Felbrigge or Philbrick of Hampton, N. H." for the NEHGR in 1954.

You can read the original notes by clicking HERE.
Click HERE for more information and photos.
Click HERE for her lineage to Thomas the emigrant.

SIR Winston Churchill (1874-1965), the Prime Minister of England during World War II, was the 7th great-grandson of Thomas PHILBRICK, the emigrant.

Sir Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill, KG, OM, CH, TD, PC, DL, FRS, Hon. RA (30 November 1874 – 24 January 1965) was a British Conservative politician and statesman known for his leadership of the United Kingdom during the Second World War. Widely regarded as one of the greatest wartime leaders of the century, he served as Prime Minister twice (1940–45 and 1951–55). A noted statesman and orator, Churchill was also an officer in the British Army, a historian, a writer, and an artist. He is the only British prime minister to have received the Nobel Prize in Literature, and was the first person to be made an Honorary Citizen of the United States.

Churchill was born into the aristocratic family of the Dukes of Marlborough. His father, Lord Randolph Churchill, was a charismatic politician who served as Chancellor of the Exchequer; his mother, Jenny Jerome, was an American socialite. As a young army officer, he saw action in British India, the Sudan, and the Second Boer War. He gained fame as a war correspondent and wrote books about his campaigns.

At the forefront of politics for fifty years, he held many political and cabinet positions. Before the First World War, he served as President of the Board of Trade, Home Secretary, and First Lord of the Admiralty as part of the Asquith Liberal government. During the war, he continued as First Lord of the Admiralty until the disastrous Gallipoli Campaign, which he had sponsored, caused his departure from government.[neutrality is disputed] He then briefly resumed active army service on the Western Front as commander of the 6th Battalion of the Royal Scots Fusiliers. He returned to government as Minister of Munitions, Secretary of State for War, and Secretary of State for Air. After the War, Churchill served as Chancellor of the Exchequer in the Conservative (Baldwin) government of 1924–29, controversially returning the pound sterling in 1925 to the gold standard at its pre-war parity, a move widely seen as creating deflationary pressure on the UK economy. Also controversial were Churchill's opposition to increased home rule for India and his resistance to the 1936 abdication of Edward VIII.

Out of office and politically "in the wilderness" during the 1930s, Churchill took the lead in warning about Nazi Germany and in campaigning for rearmament. On the outbreak of the Second World War, he was again appointed First Lord of the Admiralty. Following the resignation of Neville Chamberlain on 10 May 1940, Churchill became Prime Minister. His steadfast refusal to consider defeat, surrender, or a compromise peace helped inspire British resistance, especially during the difficult early days of the War when Britain stood alone in its active opposition to Hitler. Churchill was particularly noted for his speeches and radio broadcasts, which helped inspire the British people. He led Britain as Prime Minister until victory over Nazi Germany had been secured.

After the Conservative Party lost the 1945 election, he became Leader of the Opposition. In 1951, he again became Prime Minister, before retiring in 1955. Upon his death, Elizabeth II granted him the honour of a state funeral, which saw one of the largest assemblies of world statesmen in history.[1] Named the Greatest Briton of all time in a 2002 poll, Churchill is widely regarded as being among the most influential persons in British history.
See his genealogy HERE!

Robert Lee Frost (1874-1963), poet laureate, was the 7th great-grandson of Thomas PHILBRICK, the emigrant. Robert Frost was born in San Francisco, California on March 26, 1874. When his father died in 1885, Frost's mother moved the family east to Lawrence, Massachusetts. Robert was 11 years old at the time. His mother pursued a career as a schoolteacher. Robert continued his education, graduated from high school, and attended Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire for a short while. He wrote poetry, and supported himself variously as a teacher, a mill worker, a cobbler, and a farmer. Robert Frost married Elinor White in 1895. Together they had six children. The fields and woods of New Hampshire farms surrounded Frost as he composed his poetry. However, Frost had only limited success in getting his works published, and he decided he needed a change of scenery. So in 1912 he packed up and moved to England. Here he succeeded in getting two collections of poetry published over the next two years. By the time he returned to the United States in 1915, Frost was known as a poet on both sides of the Atlantic.

The family returned to New England, and Frost was able to pursue his writing. His love for rural settings kept him on farms in New Hampshire and Vermont, and much of his work reflects these pastoral settings. Robert Frost received four Pulitzer prizes during his lifetime. In 1961, the nation watched the televised inauguration of President John F. Kennedy. On that blustery day in Washington, D.C., Robert Frost achieved an unofficial status as the nation's poet laureate as he honored the new president with readings from his poetry. Frost continued to write poetry throughout all his life. Robert Frost passed away on January 29, 1963.  See his genealogy HERE.

George Arthur PHILBRICK (1913-1974) was the father of modern operational amplifiers and electronic analog computing.  In 1937-1938 he developed what he called an "Automatic Control Analyzer." The analyzer was an electronic analog computer, hard-wired to carry out a computation, or simulation, of a typical process- control loop. The analyzer consisted of several vacuum-tube amplifier stages interconnected to simulate a three-term PID controller operating on a four-lag process, with a number of switches and potentiometers provided for easy variations in the circuit configurations and parameter values. The whole assembly was battery operated and mounted in a standard rack. It contained a built-in oscilloscope: a Dumont 5-inch oscillograph, Type 208, which was one of the early CRT devices on the industrial market. Philbrick named the single-screen analog computer "Polyphemus, " after the one-eyed Cyclops who, according to Greek mythology, was blinded by Odysseus. This was the world's first high speed general purpose analog computer. This machine is now prominently displayed at the Smithsonian Museum of History and Technology in Washington, DC.  You can read more about George's life and his work by clicking HERE.


Herbert Arthur PHILBRICK (1915-1993), gained much notoriety during the 1950s and 1960s when he led the lifestyle of a spy for the FBI and infiltrated the Communist Party of the US, and was the key witness during the prosecution of 9 of the country's top communist leaders. He wrote a bestseller book about his life and there was a TV show about his life in the 50s called "I Led Three Lives", one of the most popular shows on television. He was a decorated reporter for the Hampton Union for many years and retired to spend more time on Constructive Action, a communist Watchdog Group that he ran. He was formerly a syndicated columnist for the New York Herald Tribune, and served a short time as a radio host.
 See his genealogy HERE!

Richard M. Scammon (1915–2001) was the 8th great grandson of Thomas PHILBRICK, the emigrant. He was an author, political scientist and elections scholar. He served as Director of the U.S. Bureau of the Census from 1961 to 1965. Afterwards, he worked for decades directing election analysis for NBC News.

Scammon was born in Minnesota, and earned a bachelor's degree in political science from the University of Minnesota in 1935. He later earned a master's degree from the University of Michigan, also in political science.

Scammon enlisted in the Army during World War II, attaining the rank of captain. He served in occupied Germany after the war, rising to head the military government's office of elections and political parties. After his discharge, he served as chief of the research division in Western Europe for the U.S. Department of State from 1948 to 1955.

After leaving government service, Scammon founded the Elections Research Center in 1955. Its enduring contribution was the long-running series of volumes, America Votes, which for the first time provided standard and reliable statistics for the results of major elections in all 50 states. (The biennial compilations, published by Congressional Quarterly's imprint, CQ Books, were later co-produced with Scammon associate Alice McGillivray. After Scammon closed the Center in 1995, Rhodes Cook has continued to oversee production of America Votes.

In 1961, President John F. Kennedy appointed Scammon as Census Director, which he continued until 1965, during the administration of Lyndon B. Johnson. According to the Washington Post, while serving as Director of the Census, Scammon was "a personal adviser to Presidents Kennedy and Johnson on public opinion and political trends."

Returning to his voting research, Scammon was hired by NBC News to direct its extensive election-night coverage in November 1968. He continued his work as a consultant for NBC until 1988.

As an author, Scammon's most famous work was The Real Majority: An Extraordinary Examination of the American Electorate (1970), co-authored with Ben J. Wattenberg. The New York Times described it as "arguing that, for the Democratic Party to survive, it needed to look beyond the economic issues that dominated the American electoral scene in the first half of the 20th century, [and] toward social issues that deeply disturbed voters in middle America." In Scammon's words, the typical voter was "unyoung, unpoor and unblack." His blunt phrasing "shocked many Democrats, but resonated true with others."

In some ways, The Real Majority served as an answer to Kevin Phillips's 1969 volume, The Emerging Republican Majority. And it presaged a shift away from the politics of the New Deal, and towards a more ideological politics, especially at the presidential level, that largely benefited Republicans in 1972, 1980, 1984 and 1988.

Scammon was married to Mary Allen Scammon and lived in Chevy Chase, Maryland for five decades. He died of Alzheimer's disease at a rest home in Gaithersburg.


Frank Randolph Cady (1915-2012), actor, was the 8th great grandson of Thomas PHILBRICK, the emigrant.

Balding, long-necked character actor Frank Cady was a stage actor of long standing when he moved into films in 1947. He was usually cast as a quiet, unassuming small town professional man, most memorably as the long-suffering husband of the grief-stricken alcoholic Mrs. Daigle (Eileen Heckart) in "The Bad Seed" (1957). A busy television actor, he spent much of the 1950s on
The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet as Ozzie Nelson's neighbor Doc Willard. The "TV Generation" of the 1960s knows Cady best as philosophical storekeeper Sam Drucker on the bucolic sitcoms Petticoat Junction (1963-1970) and Green Acres (1965-1971). Whenever he wanted to briefly escape series television and recharge his theatrical batteries, Frank Cady appeared with the repertory company at the prestigious Mark Taper's Forum.  See his biography, genealogy and film credits HERE!


Rodman PHILBRICK is an award-winning author of books for both adult and young-adult readers. Writing since the age of sixteen, he has published more than a dozen novels and many short stories, articles, and reviews. Some of his novels were written under the pen name W. R. Philbrick and William R. Dantz. His first novel for young readers, Freak the Mighty , published in 1993, was named an ALA Best Book for Young Adults, an ALA Recommended Book for the Reluctant Young Adult Reader, and a Judy Lopez Memorial Award Honor Book. In 1998, Freak the Mighty was made into the movie The Mighty, starring Sharon Stone, Harry Dean Stanton, and Gillian Anderson. Some of his most recent books include The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg, a young adult tale set in the Civil War, and a thriller,  Torn, from Mira books, published under his pen name 'Chris Jordan'.
 All of his books are a "good read".

Rod and his wife Lynn Harnett, also a writer, divide their time between Maine and the Florida Keys. His birth name is William Rodman Philbrick III.

Click his name to visit his homepage.  Click the book title to read reviews of the books.  Click the movie title for a review of the movie.


Nathaniel PHILBRICK, a leading authority on the history of Nantucket, is founding director of the Egan Maritime Institute and a research fellow at the Nantucket Historical Association.  A champion sailboat racer, he lives in Nantucket, Massachusetts.  He is the author of Mayflower: A Story of Courage, Community, and War, In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex, and Sea of Glory: America's Voyage of Discovery, the U.S. Exploring Expedition, 1838-1842, all Best Sellers. Nat's other books include Away Off Shore: Nantucket Island and It's People, 1602-1890, Abram's Eyes: The Native American Legacy of Nantucket Island, and Second Wind: A Sunfish Sailor's OdysseyHis latest novel (2010) is The Last Stand: Custer, Sitting Bull, and the Battle of the Little Bighorn.
Click on the book title to read the many wonderful reviews of these great books.   His uncle, Charles Horace Philbrick (below), was the author of Nobody Laughs, Nobody Cries. His father, Thomas Leslie Philbrick, is also a noted author (below).



Thomas Leslie PHILBRICK was born in Providence, RI and is Professor of English Emeritus at the University of Pittsburgh.  He is the author of books on James Fenimore Cooper and on St. John de Crevecoeur and has edited works by Cooper, Richard Henry Dana, Joshua Slocum, and Michael Scott.  You can order some of these books at  He is the father of Nathaniel Philbrick (above) and the brother of Charles Horace Philbrick (below).



Charles Horace PHILBRICK (1922-1971), professor of English, was born in Providence, Rhode Island on December 12, 1922, the son of Clarence Horace Philbrick and Mary Frederika Koopman. He entered Brown University in 1940, but his education was interrupted by service with the U.S. 8th Air Force stationed in England. He finished his course work at Brown in the summer of 1946, and became an assistant in the English Department in the fall, before his formal graduation in 1947. He was instructor in 1947-48 and earned his master’s degree that year. He spent a year at graduate school at the University of Michigan. He received his Ph.D. degree at Brown in 1953, having been instructor in English again since 1949. He was appointed assistant professor in 1953, associate professor in 1959, and professor in 1967. He was chairman of the committee that set up the Afro-American Studies Program at Brown. He won recognition when his poem, New England Suite, won the Wallace Stevens National Poetry contest in 1962. He published two other books of poetry, Wonderstrand Revisited in 1960, and Voyages Down in 1967, and a novel, Westaway, in 1968. He was also the author of "Nobody Laughs, Nobody Cries-The Journal of John PHILBRICK (1791-1874)"  He married Deborah Hunt and they had four sons, Stephen, Timothy, Benjamin, and Harry. (see below). Charles died on April 4, 1971 in Providence.


Stephen Hunt PHILBRICK is the first son of Charles Horace Philbrick and Deborah Hunt (above). He is an American author, poet, and minister. As the son of Charles Horace Philbrick and the father of Frank Philbrick, he is the linchpin of the Philbrick literary family. Philbrick was graduated from Brown University in 1972, but now lives in Windsor, Massachusetts. Philbrick is the minister of the West Cummington Congregational Church, which burned to the ground in 2010.

Stephen Philbrick has been the Minister of the West Cummington Congregational Church since 1994. He is a poet and published author who has lived in Cummington for twenty-nine years. In 1984, when he joined the West Cummington Congregational Church, the church was open for only part of the year and had a congregation of approximately 10 (brave) people. Ten years later, at the urging of the congregation, he stepped into the role of minister and the church has grown to be an active congregation filling pews on Sunday.

His work in Cummington began as a poet and shepherd, where, for 15 years, he maintained a flock of 100 Hampshire sheep. He's a former baseball player who turned local pitching coach and a woodsman who wrote a book with his son Frank called The Backyard Lumberjack.

He keeps connected to his community by working as a store clerk once a week at the Old Creamery Grocery in Cummington. Born and raised in Providence, Rhode Island, he graduated from Brown University in 1972 with both his Bachelors and Masters degrees. He also holds a B.S. in Animal Husbandry from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

His community memberships include The Hilltown Coalition To End Domestic Violence, the Woodlands Cooperative, and the Church Hill Poets.

He was first married to Anne Leone, a professor of French Language and Chair of the Landscape Studies Department at Smith College in Northampton, MA, and they had two sons, Frank and Charlie. He is currently married to Constance Talbot, an artist producing museum-quality porcelain and stoneware pottery from her shop at High Hollow Pottery.

Books by Stephen Philbrick:

The Backyard Lumberjack: The Ultimate Guide to Felling, Bucking, Splitting & Stacking. Frank Philbrick and Stephen Philbrick. North Adams, MA: Storey Publishing, LLC, 2006. ISBN 1580176518

Three. Stephen Philbrick. Adastra Press, 2003. ISBN 093856692X

No Goodbye. Stephen Philbrick. Smith, 1997. ISBN 0912292687

Up to the Elbow. Stephen Philbrick. Adastra Press, 1997. ISBN 0938566768


Frank James PHILBRICK is the oldest son of Stephen Philbrick and Anne Leone and the grandson of Charles Horace Philbrick (both above). He is a former professional baseball player turned author. Philbrick co-authored his first book, The Backyard Lumberjack, alongside his father, Stephen Philbrick, in 2006.

After graduating from Brown University in the spring of 2001, Philbrick signed a professional baseball contract for $750 per month with the Albany-Colonie Diamond Dogs of the independent Northeast League. Later that summer, Philbrick was released, but continued his career with the Berkshire Black Bears, who made their home at historic Wahconah Park in Pittsfield, MA. Being raised in nearby Cummington, Philbrick was able to live at home and commute to the park for the rest of season. In the spring of 2002, Philbrick made the difficult decision to end his pitching career after an unrewarding experience in the Frontier League. During his professional career, Philbrick kept an extensive diary, and he is currently at work translating his experiences into his next book.

The Backyard Lumberjack is a how-to guide for managing a personal woodlot. Drawing on a lifetime of personal experience, the Philbricks impart both the technical and emotional aspects of the firewood process, detailing each step from tree to stove. As part of the publicity for The Backyard Lumberjack, Philbrick has appeared on the CBS Early Show, The Leonard Lopate Show on WNYC, The Arnie Arnesen Show, and The Rachel Maddow Show on Air America Radio.

The Philbrick family has a strong literary tradition. Frank's father, Stephen, has published three books of poetry and is minister of the West Cummington Congregational Church, while his grandfather, Charles Horace Philbrick, was an award-winning poet and professor of English at Brown. Frank is also a cousin of bestselling author Nathaniel Philbrick. He currently resides in the Greenpoint neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York.


Timothy S. PHILBRICK is the second son of Charles Horace Philbrick (above). He is an internationally recognized furniture maker whose work is included in the permanent collections of several museums.

He has also been a trustee of the Museum of Primitive Art and Culture in Peace Dale, Rhode Island for over 20 years. (

Tim Philbrick began his furniture career by becoming an apprentice after graduating from high school. He worked for over four years with John C. Northup Jr., restoring and reproducing traditional 18th century furniture in North Kingstown, Rhode Island. With this training, he enrolled as a graduate student at Boston University in 1975, studying the history of furniture with John Kirk in the American Studies Department, and design with Jere Osgood and Alphonse Mattia in the newly formed program in Artisansry. Since graduating in 1978 with a certificate of mastery, he has successfully run his own studio in Narragansett, Rhode Island, designing and making his own furniture.

His work has been shown in numerous publications, books and galleries. Philbrick’s furniture has been featured in many museum shows and is included in the permanent collections of several major art museums. His work has garnered state and national design fellowships and other awards.

“Tim’s pieces are known for their sense of proportion, the luxuriousness of their design and a level of craftsmanship which shows a true understanding of his materials.”

Here are some links to more information about Tim:

Tim’s website –

Tim’s resume –

A short video about Tim produced for Rhode Island public television –


Harry L. PHILBRICK is the fourth son of Charles Horace Philbrick (above).

PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 20, 2011 -- The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) announced today that Harry Philbrick has been named The Edna S. Tuttleman Director of the Academy Museum, effective March 1, 2011.

Since 1996, Harry Philbrick has been the Director of The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum in Ridgefield, Connecticut. Under his leadership at The Aldrich Museum, attendance tripled and the quality of the programs increased dramatically. Philbrick successfully spearheaded a $9 million capital campaign and a major museum campus expansion project that was completed in 2004. His accomplishments have been recognized by the American Institute of Architects and the Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation.

In 2007, Philbrick was awarded the Elizabeth L. Mahaffey Arts Administration Fellowship by the Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism in recognition for his outstanding management abilities as director of The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum.

Prior to becoming director, Philbrick was The Aldrich Museum's Director of Education, developing the groundbreaking "Student Docent Program," which has served as a model for museums nationwide. He also lectured extensively at the Museum of Modern Art and The Metropolitan Museum in New York, and was head of the exhibition lecture program at the Hayward Gallery in London.

"I am excited that Harry Philbrick will lead the PAFA Museum to the next level of achievement," states David R. Brigham, PAFA's President and CEO. "His accomplishments as a museum director are impressive, and his strengths in contemporary art, museum education, and fundraising will be particularly valuable. Harry's perspective as a practicing artist will greatly enhance our engagement with emerging and established artists as well as deepen our service to the PAFA community of students, faculty, and alumni."

Harry Philbrick earned his MFA at Goldsmiths College, University of London, and also studied at Columbia University, Brown University and the Rhode Island School of Design. As a practicing artist, his artwork has been exhibited in Great Britain and the USA.

"Harry Philbrick has vast experience in both the education and art museum world," says Donald R. Caldwell, Chair of the Board of Trustees. "We eagerly anticipate his contributions as a capable leader at a time when PAFA is so vigorously moving forward through its exhibition programs, new acquisitions, and the development of the Lenfest Plaza."

Philbrick's wife, Carolyn Coleburn, is the Vice President and Director of Publicity at Viking, a division of Penguin Group USA. He has three children, Inigo, 23, Clara, 15, and Charlie, 1.

"I am excited to take on the role of director at PAFA. The Academy has a great and unique legacy from its role as an essential participant in the development of American art over the last 200 years," states Philbrick. "I look forward to working with the entire team at PAFA, and the wider community in Philadelphia, to build on this great heritage, to further expand the exhibition and collection programs, and enhancing the Museum's exhibition spaces."

Founded in 1805, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) is America's first school of fine arts and museum.

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Clarence Hunt PHILBRICK is a son of Benjamin H. Philbrick and the grandson of Charles Horace Philbrick (above).  He is commonly known as Clancy.

He is an American contemporary artist whose work includes painting, photography, sculpture, street art, and literature. Philbrick has lived and exhibited in Connecticut, New York, New Zealand, San Francisco, Lake Tahoe, and Denver, CO where he currently lives and works.

Clancy was raised in the sea-side town of Stonington, CT. He attended The Williams School in New London, CT, graduating alongside pop singer Cassie Ventura in 2004. In high school Clancy won a public mural award allowing him to turn one of his paintings into a large public piece in downtown New London across from Wyland's painting The Great Sperm Whales. After high school Clancy attended Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, NY, receiving his bachelor's degree in studio art in 2008. In 2009 Clancy painted a large rock into a pink brain, dubbed The Brain Rock, on the Connecticut shoreline, sparking local controversy after an article on the rock was published in The Day and The New York Times. Although originally arrested for the act by Amtrak police on charges of trespass and criminal mischief, the case was eventually dropped. Later in 2009 Clancy helped create a monthly artistic and musical happening titled Art After Dark at the Mystic Arts Center in Mystic, CT. In February 2010 Clancy founded the By:Us Art Collective.

The Philbrick family has a strong literary and artistic tradition. Clancy is the grandson of award-winning poet Charles Philbrick, the nephew of author Stephen Philbrick, and the cousin of both bestselling author Nathaniel Philbrick and former professional baseball player turned author Frank Philbrick. In late 2010, Clancy completed his first collection of poems titled Stealing You From Nothing: The Journals of Clarence Brick, which remains unpublished.

Donald Ward PHILBRICK (1896-1984) of Cape Elizabeth, Cumberland County, Maine. Born in Skowhegan, Somerset County, Maine, March 16, 1896. Republican. Served in the U.S. Army during World War I; lawyer; member of Maine state house of representatives, 1935-40; Speaker of the Maine State House of Representatives, 1939-40; delegate to Republican National Convention from Maine, 1944, 1952 (alternate). Congregationalist. Member, Delta Kappa Epsilon; Phi Beta Kappa. He married Ruth LOCKEY in 1922.


John Winthrop PHILBRICK Jr., actor and producer, was born in 1961 in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He is the grandson of Donald Ward Philbrick [above]. He appeared in Stephen King's The Langoliers in 1995 [made for TV], and was one of the stars of Wake in 2003. For more information about him and his career, click HERE.


James F. Philbrook (1924-1982) was an American actor who appeared in supporting roles in three short-lived television series between 1959 and 1963: The Islanders on ABC and The Investigators and The New Loretta Young Show, both on CBS. He also appeared in several major films, as Bruce King in I Want to Live! (1958) and Henri in Woman Obsessed, both with Susan Hayward (1917-1975), and as Colonel Tall in the 1964 police picture, The Thin Red Line, with Jack Warden (1920-2006).

Early roles

Philbrook was born in Davenport, Iowa. His first screen role was at the age of thirty-two on CBS's Alfred Hitchcock Presents as a town clerk in the 1957 episode "The West Warlock Time Capsule", with Henry Jones in the starring role. A few months later, Philbrook appeared in "The Les Rand Story" of NBC's western series, Wagon Train, with Eduard Franz in the episode lead role. He also appeared in the 1957 episode "Decoy" of the syndicated western series Man Without a Gun, starring Rex Reason. In 1958, Philbrook guest starred in two ABC and Warner Brothers western series, Maverick in the role of Sloan in the episode "The Seventh Hand" and Sugarfoot as Smokey in "A Wreath for Charity Lloyd". He portrayed Clem Harrison in the 1958 episode "Manhunt" of ABC's Broken Arrow, starring John Lupton and Michael Ansara.

In 1958, Philbrook played Charles Stewart in the episode "Hit and Run" of the syndicated television series, How to Marry a Millionaire, based on the earlier Marilyn Monroe film and starring Barbara Eden and Merry Anders. In 1959, Philbrook appeared as Yancey Lewis in "Return to Friendly" of the CBS western The Texan, starring Rory Calhoun. He starred too as Hank in "The Trap" of the syndicated series Rescue 8, starring Jim Davis and Lang Jeffries. He also appeared as Bender in the 1959 episode "Domestic Katy" of the CBS sitcom. The Ann Sothern Show. That same year, he appeared as an unidentified man, with Sothern and Pat Carroll, in the CBS anthology series The DuPont Show with June Allyson.

Philbrook procured his first recurring role in a series as Zack Malloy on The Islanders, with co-star William Reynolds (born 1931) in the role of Sandy Wade. The two played owners of an airplane that can land in water. The series is set in the Spice Islands of Indonesia. Diane Brewster (1931-1991) appeared in a few of the twenty-five episodes of the series. Reynolds later co-starred on ABC's war drama, The Gallant Men (1962-1963) and with Efrem Zimbalist, Jr., on The F.B.I. from 1967-1973.

After The Islanders, Philbrook portrayed Steve Banks, a New York City insurance investigator, in all thirteen episodes of The Investigators, with co-stars James Franciscus (1934-1991), Mary Murphy (born 1931) as Maggie Peters, and Alan Austin as Bill Davis.

Later career

Philbrook appeared five times in different roles from 1958-1961 on the original NBC The Loretta Young Show, also called the Letter to Loretta anthology series. Among those roles are Mike Roberts in "A Visit to Sao Paulo" and Wainwright Tyler in "Doesn't Everybody?" In 1962, he was cast as magazine publisher and romantic interest of Loretta Young (1913-2000) on The New Loretta Young Show. The couple married in the twenty-sixth and final episode of the series. Young played a widowed mother of seven children, some grown, and Philbrook, according to the story line, adapted to the idea of becoming a stepfather to so many.

Philbrook's other appearances were as Jim Costain in the 1961 segment "Triple C" of NBC's anthology series The Barbara Stanwyck Show and as McWhorter in the 1962 episode "Inger, My Love" on Bonanza. He also guest starred twice in 1959 and 1963 on CBS's Perry Mason, starring Raymond Burr. He appeared in two 1965 films, as Adam Hyde in Finger on the Trigger and as James "Ace" Ketchum in Son of a Gunfighter.

Philbrook's last English language role was as Dr. Keller in the 1966 episode "The Blind Man's Bluff Raid" of ABC's The Rat Patrol, a World War II drama starring Christopher George. His last film roles were in some dozen foreign westerns, primarily through 1969, with two others in 1975.

Philbrook died two days after his 58th birthday in Los Angeles, California.

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Emmons Brown PHILBRICK of Rye, Rockingham County, N.H. Member of New Hampshire state senate, 1878-80 (1st District 1878-79, 22nd District 1879-80). Click HERE for his lineage to Thomas the Emigrant.


Shirley S. PHILBRICK of Rye, Rockingham County, NH Delegate to New Hampshire state constitutional convention from Rye, 1948.


A. W. PHILBROOK of Augusta, Kennebec County, Maine. Republican. Mayor of Augusta, Maine, 1883.


E. E. PHILBROOK of Portland, Cumberland County, Maine. Republican. Alternate delegate to Republican National Convention from Maine, 1920.


Warren C. PHILBROOK of Waterville, Kennebec County, Maine. Republican. Mayor of Waterville, Maine, 1899-1900; Maine state attorney general, 1909-10.


Elizabeth Baldwin Kinderman lives in Des Plaines, IL. She was an Honorary President of the Illinois Society, Children of the American Revolution, and served as State Chaplain as well as serving as President of the Sarah Orne Revere Society, CAR. Her line to Thomas the Emigrant is Robert BALDWIN11, Albert Joel BALDWIN10, Lucinda PENDLETON9, Joel PENDLETON8, Elizabeth PHILBROOK7, Joel6, Job5, Jonathan4, William3, Thomas2, Thomas1.  Below is an image of the newspaper she was featured in. Click it to view full image.

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