Biography of George W. Carroll

Entering the employ of the J. B. Farnum Company of Woonsocket as a young man, Mr. Carroll continued with this company and today is its president. For many years he represented the company as one of its sales representatives on the road, but in more recent years he has devoted all of his time to executive work. He is also an executive officer of several other important manufacturing concerns in Woonsocket and Thornton. Though interested in public questions and in the civic affairs of Woonsocket, he has never taken an active part in politics. He is, however, a popular member of several civic organizations and social clubs.

Mr. Carroll was born at Northbridge, Massachusetts, November 10, 1883, a son of the late Thomas and Margaret (Barlow) Carroll. Both his parents were natives of Ireland, but came to this country in their youth and resided here until their death. His father, who died in May, 1928, was for many years successfully engaged in the lumber business. He was one of the early settlers of Woonsocket, coming to this city when he was only fifteen years old; later, however, he owned and operated a farm at Upton, Massachusetts. It was in the public schools of that State that George W. Carroll received his education and after leaving them he began his business career. He came, as a young man in 1905, to Woonsocket and entered the employ of the late J. B. Farnum. Later, he became a member of the firm, of which Mr. Farnum was then the head, and for many years he was one of its most successful sales representatives. He is now president of J. B. Farnum & Company, as well as president of the C. H. Darling Company, and treasurer of the L. W. Peckham Company and the Carroll Worsted Mills, the last two being located at Thornton, Rhode Island. His numerous and important business responsibilities have never permitted him to take an active part in public life, but he accepted an appointment at the hands of the mayor of Woonsocket as a member of the commission on industrial survey, and also as a member of the Citizens Advisory Committee. Mr. Carroll is a director of the Woonsocket Chamber of Commerce, and of the Blackstone Valley Agricultural Society. He is a member of the Knights of Columbus, and the Winnesuket and the Franklin Country clubs. His religious affiliation is with the Roman Catholic Church. In politics he is an independent voter.

Mr. Carroll married Margaret T. Hart, a native of Massachusetts, and a daughter of Andrew and Margaret (Barry) Hart. Mr. and Mrs. Carroll are the parents of five children: Charles, Francis, Marjorie, Marie, and George W., Jr. The family residence is located at No. 263 Woodland Road, Woonsocket, while Mr. Carroll’s business offices are at No. 373 North Main Street.

Source: Carroll, Charles. Rhode Island: Three Centuries of Democracy, vol 3 of 4. New York: Lewis historical Pub. Co., 1932.

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