Everett Colby '97
Year Inducted: 1981
Everett Colby '97 was captain of the 1896 football team of which his boyhood friend and college roommate, John D. Rockefeller, Jr. '97 was manager. "Colby was the best all-around quarterback I ever saw at Brown," said the late Daff Gammons '98 some years back. "Because of his great speed he was quick to get through the line or around the end to lead the interference. He was a football player in every sense of the word and was capable of doing more things than he was called upon to do in the old-style football he played. He was also an inspiration to the entire team and everyone worked very hard for him." Colby's grandfather was Gardner Colby, the man for whom Colby College was named, and his father was Charles L. Colby '58, a tycoon with the Northern Pacific Railroad. There was a gallantry in Everett Colby that colored everything he did. He was an interesting and lively man, one who never took the safe or cautious approach. He was admitted to the New York Bar in 1900 but lived at his country estate, Llewellyn Park, in New Jersey, a showplace and for many years the center of the fox hunting and polo-playing set in Essex County. Mr Colby became a member of the New Jersey Board of Education in 1900 at age 29, was leader of the Republican majority in the House of Representatives from 1903 to 1905, and then became a state Senator for three more years. He and Teddy Roosevelt were close friends, and Colby followed T.R. out of the Republican ranks and into the Progressive Party in 1912, although he returned to the GOP in 1916 to support fellow Brunonian Charles Evans Hughes in his bid for the presidency. Colby worked in Herbert Hoover's Food Administration during World War I and later served as a major in the tank corps. He also worked closely with Woodrow Wilson, another close friend, as chairman of the League of Nations Non-Partisan Committee. Colby was a Brown trustee from 1906 to 1940, served as president of the Brown Club in New York, and was active in the affairs of his class. He died on June 19, 1943 at age 68. Among the survivors was his daughter, Anne, who was the wife of William K. Vanderbilt, one-time governor of R.I.