Biography of Isaac N. Babbitt, Jr.
Bristol County, MA Biographies

Babbitt, Isaac N., jr., son of isaac N. and Almira (Morse) Babbitt, was born in Dartmouth, January 14, 1838. His father was a blacksmith by trade and conducted a business in Dartmouth for twenty five years, later removing to Fairhaven, where he, in company with J. B. Morse, conducted a large business on what was then called Rodman's Wharf, He is still living, having reached the advanced age of eighty seven years. Isaac N., jr., attended the public schools of Dartmouth until fifteen years of age. When sixteen years of age he learned the blacksmith's trade under his father and followed the business for about six years. At this time he went to Providence, R. I., and began to learn the machinist's trade in a shop owned by E. Shaw. During a part of the Civil war he worked in James C. Bradford's machine shop in New Bedford, building principally turret engines for monitors and other government work, including hydraulic apparatus. In 1865 he secured a position with the Fairhaven Iron Works Company, and for a period of fourteen years traveled for that corporation, setting up Fairhaven presses in printing offices in many of the States and in Canada. He then went into the retail stove and hardware business in Fairhaven, at No. 71 Main street, and continued successfully for twelve years, finally selling out to Forest & Long, who at present conduct the business. Mr. Babbitt's principal business interest at present is in the Babbitt Brothers' Loom Crank Manufactory, of which he is treasurer, and associated with four brothers: John W. Hiram A., Joseph M., and James M. He is a charter member of Concordia Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons, and enjoys an enviable reputation in the community in which he has spent his entire business life for honesty of purpose and strong chararter. He is a sincere and earnest advocate of total abstinence, and has been frequently nominated for State senator. State representative and other offices on the Prohibition ticket, in all cases receiving a strong vote, especially in his own town. Mr. Babbitt was married in 1865 to Elizabeth G . daughter of Samuel L. Ward of Cambridgeport, formerly of Fairhaven, and they have two children. Samuel W., and Mary R.

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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