Concise Encyclopedia of Tufts History
Paige, Lucius Robinson, 1802-1896
Lucius Robinson Paige (1802-96), H1861, was a Universalist clergyman, banker, and author, and served on the Board of Trustees from 1860 to 1876.Over the course of his lifetime, he gave $5,000 to Tufts, including $2,000 for a scholarship fund. , originally constructed to serve as a dormitory for the divinity school, is named in his honor.
Paige was born on March 8, 1802 in Hardwick, Massachusetts. After completing his early education, he decided to enter the ministry in the Universalist denomination, and for this purpose entered for study under the direction of Hosea Ballou. He served as minister to parishes in Springfield, Gloucester, and Cambridge before being forced by ill health to abandon the ministry. Thereafter he pursued multiple interests, including serving as town clerk in Cambridge for two terms in the 1840s. He helped to organize the Cambridgeport Bank, for which he later served as Tresurer and a Director. His religious studies were never left behind however, and between 1844 and 1870 he published a six volume "Commentary on the New Testament" which became the standard commentary in the Universalist denomination.
In 1861 Tufts College presented Paige with an honorary doctor of divinity in recognition of his service to the college.