Zac McDorrI’ve always wondered about the pressure people feel when they grow up with high-achieving parents. How do you live up to expectations?

Let’s say, for example, that your father, Thomas W. Hyde, was a war hero, winner of the Congressional Medal of Honor, and also the founder of Bath Iron Works, one of the state’s largest businesses. The case of John and Arthur Hyde is an interesting example.

John Sedgewick Hyde was born in Bath in 1867. He decided to follow his father into the shipbuilding business, starting at the bottom and working his way up. After graduating from MIT, John went to work at BIW as an apprentice. He later worked as a draftsman, engineer, paymaster, superintendent, and vice-president of the company. Ownership of the company passed out of the Hyde family, but John bought BIW back in 1905, becoming the president and principal shareholder. He would lead the company until his death in 1917.

John Hyde hired John Calvin Stevens to design his mansion, Elmhurst, which today serves as the home of Hyde School. Hyde served as mayor of Bath, director of First National Bank, member of the Bowdoin College Board of Overseers, and was in both the Maine House of Representatives and the Maine Senate.

Younger brother Arthur Sewall Hyde was born in 1875. He eschewed the family business, entered Harvard at 16, and turned to music. A skilled organist and singer, Arthur once entertained President McKinley at the White House. He had a professional career as a church organist and choir master, until America entered World War I. Then he followed his father’s footsteps into the service.

Arthur joined the Navy in 1917 and attended officer’s school, where he earned the rank of captain. He saw much action on the Western Front and was gassed. The gas weakened him, and he quickly succumbed to a flu epidemic in 1920.

Source: various