Who was Samuel Hadley and why was the building named for him?
  • Samuel Hadley was born July 9, 1746 and died at age of 29 on April 19, 1775 in the Battle of Lexington.
  • Of the 9 Lexington men who died on the Battle Green that day, only Samuel Hadley and John Brown had not had buildings named in their honor.
  • Samuel's parents were Benjamin Thomas Hadley and Ruth Lawrence, who was born in Lexington in 1725.
  • Benjamin and Ruth had twelve children; four of their six sons were soldiers in the American Revolution.
  • The Hadleys were farmers and pioneers who raised livestock for wool and crops such as flax which they wove into fabric.
  • They were active members in community life, were prominent in local religious activities and served in a variety of military groups.
  • The Hadley family has given more than 125 years in service to Lexington as employees in the Fire, Building, School, and Public Works departments since 1775. Several 7th-generation direct descendants of Benjamin and Ruth have been employed by the Town.

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1. What Public Services are housed in the building?
2. What does the building's LEED Silver certification mean?
3. Are the building's restrooms available to Minuteman Bikeway users?
4. Can residents pick up sand & salt at the Public Services Building?
5. Why was the building needed and how much did it cost?
6. Who was Samuel Hadley and why was the building named for him?