Robert G. Wade, Sr. was born in Rockland, Massachusetts on August 9, 1900. He attended Bates College, graduating in the class of 1923. He worked in a shoe factory for three years after graduation and married Nellie (Milliken) Wade in 1926. He attended Harvard Business School in 1927. He ran for the state legislature with Willis Trafton and served three terms (1945- 1951?), serving as assistant Republican floor leader and house chairman of the business legislative committee. He once served as the assistant manager of the Guild of Boston Artists. He retired from the investment business in 1986, after 42 years.
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