An educator of long experience and distinguished record, Herbert Warren Lull is, since September 1, 1931, superintendent emeritus of schools of Newport, Rhode Island. He was born at Boston, Massachusetts, on November 26, 1852, a son of Lewis M. and Jeanette Andrews (Tewksbury) Lull. His father was a railroad official and both parents were members of old American families.
Herbert Warren Lull was educated in New England schools and later entered Harvard College, from which he was graduated in 1874. He began his active career in his chosen occupation in 1874 as principal of the Lowell Street School at Manchester, New Hampshire. Later he became sub-master of the Manchester High School, principal of the Milford High School in Massachusetts, and principal of the Quincy High School. The high character of his administration of these offices brought him further advancement, and Mr. Lull was subsequently appointed superintendent of schools at Quincy. Finally, in 1900, he came to Newport, Rhode Island, as superintendent of schools in this city, where he has since made his home. Mr. Lull has long been an important figure in Newport life. As superintendent of schools he is responsible for the success of the educational system, and in various other ways has participated in city affairs. His position among New England educators is indicated by his election as president of the State Teachers’ Association of Rhode Island, of the Barnard Club, and of the New England Association of School Superintendents. The Rhode Island College of Education has also honored him by conferring upon him the honorary degree of Doctor of Education.
Fraternally Mr. Lull is affiliated with the Free and Accepted Masons, and in this order has occupied a high position. He is a member and Past Worshipful Master of Montgomery Lodge; a member of Mount Lebanon Chapter, Royal Arch Masons; and of the Milford Commandery, Knights Templar. Mr. Lull has also occupied the office of Deputy Master of his district. During the period of the World War he served as a Four-Minute Man, actively supporting his country’s cause and the various organized movements for war work. He is president of the Rotary Club of Newport, and a member of Channing Memorial Unitarian Church.
On August 1, 1878, at North Weare, New Hampshire, Herbert Warren Lull married Hattie May Chase, daughter of David Green and Lydia Ann (Chase) Chase. They are the parents of one child, Isadore Chase, born on January 6, 1882, now Mrs. Isadore Chase (Lull) Gould.
Source: Carroll, Charles. Rhode Island: Three Centuries of Democracy, vol 3 of 4. New York: Lewis historical Pub. Co., 1932.