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George J. Mitchell Dept. of Special Collections & Archives, Bowdoin College
Pierce, Hawthorne, Fessenden and Hale were all members of the Athenaen Society. Pierce succeeded Fessenden as chair in 1824, and appointed Hawthorne his vice chair. He also convinced an impressionable freshman, Hale, to join the Athenaens.