Rhode Island - three centuries of democracy vol 3

Biography of Lewis Stanton

A descendant of the first white man to settle in what is now Westerly and himself a native and lifelong resident of that place, Mr. Stanton is widely known not only as a member of one of the pioneer families of his native town, but also because of his prominence in the business, civic, fraternal and social life of Westerly. The owner of a successful painting and decorating business founded by his father and for many years connected with one of the leading banks, Mr. Stanton is regarded as one of the representative business men of the city. His public …

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Biography of Oscar Elmond Barber

Town clerk at Carolina, Rhode Island, for almost a quarter of a century, Oscar Elmond Barber has given most of his active career to the service of the people of the community. He has filled this and other important offices with the greatest efficiency, to the complete satisfaction of the electorate and his own great credit. Mr. Barber was born on April 10, 1865, in Carolina Village, Richmond Township, a son of Eason and Rachel (Pollard) Barber, old and highly respected residents of this place. On the maternal side he is a grandson of James and Mary Pollard, natives of …

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James Monroe Pendleton

Biography of James Monroe Pendleton

A distinguished family, of financial and social prominence, and an enviable civic career characterize James Monroe Pendleton and make him a significant factor in the development of Westerly, Rhode Island, where he makes his home. He is manager and director of what was formerly known as the National Niantic Bank and is now the Westerly branch of the Industrial Trust Company. His active and significant business career has not precluded his holding many important town offices and assuming the leadership in every progressive movement. The American progenitor of the Pendleton family was Major Brian Pendleton, of English birth, a freeman …

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Biography of Hartzell R. Birch

Postmaster of Kingston, Rhode Island, since 1918, Hartzell R. Birch has discharged the duties of this position with proper efficiency and entire satisfaction to the community. He was born at Orange, Massachusetts, on November 21, 1876, a son of Sylvanus J. and Emma J. (Vosbergh) Birch, both parents being natives of New York State, and both now deceased. The father, who was born at Rensselaer, New York, was a physician and surgeon until his death. Hartzell R. Birch was educated in the public schools of his birthplace, and at Providence and Johnson, Rhode Island, being graduated from high school in …

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Frank Hill

Biography of Frank Hill

After having taught school for several years following his graduation from college, Mr. Hill became associated with the Ashaway National Bank, Ashaway, Washington County, and ever since then has held the responsible position of cashier. He is widely known in financial circles throughout Rhode Island and New England and is regarded as one of the leading citizens of his town. His early connection with educational work led him to continue his interest in the cause of education and for many years he has been prominently active in educational work in Rhode Island, being now chairman of the Rhode Island State …

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Biography of Robert Aldrich

A member of old and distinguished New England families, Robert Aldrich has passed his entire active life in his native State of Rhode Island. As owner and operator of a contract painting enterprise, he has made a place for himself in the business life of the Wickford and North Kingstown section, where he is equally well known through his activity in civic and social affairs. Mr. Aldrich was born at Providence, Rhode Island, on August 21, 1881, a son of Edward S. and Emily L. (Howland) Aldrich, both born at Providence, Rhode Island, and both now deceased. The father was …

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Biography of Harold Benson

Following two years’ active military service in the United States Army during the World War, Mr. Benson then spent some time in business and later served for three years with the Rhode Island State Police. Since 1928 he has been a very efficient chief of police of the town of East Greenwich and during his incumbency of this office he has gained for himself to a remarkable degree the liking and confidence of his fellow-townsmen. He is a member of several fraternal and other organizations, in all of which he is very popular. Harold Benson was born in Providence, October …

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Biography of John Barlow

As dean of sciences, professor of zoology, and acting president of Rhode Island State College, Kingston, Rhode Island, John Barlow has taken an active part in educational affairs in this State. His affiliations are many in scientific and civic circles, and his work has been outstandingly useful to his fellow-citizens. Professor Barlow was born in Amenia, New York, son of Henry and Helen (Benton) Barlow. He received his early education in the schools of Pittsfield, Massachusetts, and subsequently became a student at Middlebury College, in Middlebury, Vermont, from which he was graduated in 1895. In the following year he was …

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Biography of Powell Helme

Rhode Island has been the American home of the Helme family since the early half of the seventeenth century, when the first of the name, Christopher Helme, is recorded as a sergeant and a member of a Court of Trials in Warwick, in 1647, his death taking place there in 1650. His youngest son was Rouse Helme, who died in 1712, and his son James Helme was born in 1710 and married, in 1738, Esther Powell, who was a granddaughter of Gabriel Bernon, one of the most eminent of the early French settlers in Rhode Island. He was Chief Justice …

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Biography of Herman Churchill

In the promotion of public education Rhode Island draws its instructors from any field where the material is of outstanding quality. This has long been a feature of the work here and has been justified and rewarded by a superior organization and greatly improved results in comparison with communities operating on a different basis. The State College at Kingston has been fortunate in acquiring an educator of such ability as Herman Churchill, who has been since 1912 professor of English and History at that institution. He was born in Scott, Cortland County, New York, October 9, 1869, a son of …

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