Biography of Joseph E. Amiot
Bristol County, MA Biographies

Amiot, Joseph Edward, son of Joseph and Therese (Leroux) Amiot, was born at St. Simon, P. Q, Canada, January 24, 1853. He is of French extraction and a descendant of Jean Marie Amiot. His father was a notary public, and also owned several farms in St. Simon. As a young man he attended the parish schools of his native town and St. Hyacinthe College. After leaving school he engaged in farming for about two years and then came to the United States, being at that time but sixteen years of age. He settled in Forestdale, R. I., and learned the weaver's trade. He removed to Fall River in November, 1871, and found work at the Mechanics' Mill. later being employed in the Union Mill. When he first came to Fall River he was obliged to sell a portion of his wearing apparel in order to pay for board. After working in the mills for some time he began to learn the carpenter's trade, but in a short time accepted a position in a grocery store. In May, 1873, Mr. Amiot entered the employ of Louis Reeves, a baker, and a year later started a bakery of his own on William street, conducting it three years and then selling out to engage in the meat market business, which business he conducted for about two years and then started another bakery on Pleasant street, above Mason. In 1886, realizing that he could do better in a business which afforded larger opportunities for the exercise of his ability, he started his present hardware and paint store at 1392-1396 Pleasant street. Mr. Amiot has been very successful. For the past nine years he has paid more taxes than any other French Canadian in the city. In 1895 he was elected to the Common Council from the Sixth ward, being re-elected in 1896. He is a member of the A. O. U. W., the Knights of Pythias, and St. John the Baptist Society. September 29, 1874, Mr. Amiot married Marie Emma, daughter of Peter J. Johnson, of Fall River, and they have thirteen children.

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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