Biography of Joseph H. Brierley

A varied and successful career as accountant associated with several important enterprises preceded the association of Joseph H. Brierley with the Wakefield Branch Company, in Wakefield, Rhode Island. He is now manager of the company and contributing much toward its progress and expansion.

Joseph H. Brierley was born in Allenton, Rhode Island, May 7. 1889, son of Joseph E. and Fannie (Haywood) Brierley, the latter now deceased. The father, who was born in England, is engaged in the textile industry. The mother was a native of Slocum, Rhode Island. The son was educated in the public schools of North Kingstown and the high school of that community, and completed his training by a course at Bryant & Stratton’s Business College. He then became cashier for the J. B. Barnaby Company of Providence, a men’s clothing store, where he was advanced to the position of bookkeeper and remained from 1907 to 1915. His next position was that of head bookkeeper for Talbot & Company, wholesale and retail clothiers of Boston, which occupied him for two years. Mr. Brierley then went to New York City to become head of the payroll department of the Western Electric Company and remained there for a year, when he joined the forces of the United States Shipping Board and was sent to Rhode Island as resident auditor in November, 1917, continuing in the office until May, 1919. Mr. Brierley next spent a year in the offices of the Lord Drydock Company, of Providence, and next became auditor for the National Exchange Bank. In August, 1922, he came to Wakefield and formed the association with the Wakefield Branch Company which has since continued. From bookkeeper, he was advanced to manager, in 1923, and he has since held this post. He is also a director of the company.

His fraternal affiliations are with Washington Lodge, No. 5, Free and Accepted Masons, and his club is the Hope Square Club. Horses and horse racing are his hobby. He is a Republican in politics and a member of the Allenton Baptist Church.

Joseph H. Brierley married, in 1911, Bessie B. Phillips, of Allenton, and they reside in Wakefield.

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

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