William A. Hinds lived for more than sixty years in the Oneida Community. . . . Born in 1833 and apprenticed to John Humphrey Noyes’ brother-in-law, John Miller, at age fourteen in Putney, Vermont, Hinds became a part of the Perfectionist Putney Community in its earliest years. He remained associated with the Oneida Community, the successor community, through its entire existence as a communistic society. When the Community was reorganized as a joint-stock company in 1881, Hinds was chosen to be a member of the first board of directors. He afterwards filled the offices of secretary and treasurer, and president of Oneida Community Ltd., a position he held from 1903 until his death in 1910.
The William A. Hinds American Communities Collection. BY MARK F. WEIMER. Reprinted from the Syracuse University Library Associates Courier, Vol XXII, No. 1, Spring 1987. Syracuse University Library Department of Special Collections. Oneida Community Collection