Biography of Silas Alden
Bristol County, MA Biographies

Alden, Silas, was born in Newton, Mass., July 8, 1809, a son of Paul and Rebecca (Newell) Alden. His father was a farmer and died when Silas was a youth. Shortly after his mother removed to Dedham, Mass., where he was educated in the public schools, and when he was sixteen years old he began to learn the carriage trimmer's trade, which he followed for seven years, five years in Dedham and one year each in Boston and New Bedford. At the end of this period he entered a wholesale dry goods store in Boston as clerk, and remained four years. He then started in the retail dry goods business in New Bedford, locating on Purchase street, at the present site of Wing's store, and here he conducted a business for upwards of ten years. In 1848 he sold out and went to Worcester county, where he engaged in farming for five years. He then returned to New Bedford, where he has since resided. Mr. Alden has served as superintendent of the poor for seven years, six years as secretary of the board, and he has also served on the Board of Assessors for three years. In politics he has always been a staunch Whig and Republican. In 1840 he married Emily, daughter of Francis Howland of New Bedford. and of their three children, two survive: George N. and Ella, wife of James A. Baker of Fall River. Mr. Alden is a member of the most famous of the old Puritan families, being seventh of the line of John Alden.

Our county and its people
A descriptive and biographical history of
Bristol County, Massachusetts
Prepaired and published under the auspices of
The Fall River News and The Taunton Gasette
With assistance of Hon. Alanson Borden
The Boston History Company, Publishers, 1899.

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