Biography of Richard J. Barker
Bristol County, MA Biographies





Barker, Richard J., lumber merchant, was born in Tiverton, R. I., January 27, 1849, a son of Benjamin and Catherine Jackson (Dennis) Barker. When he was six years old his parents removed to Olean, N. Y., and he attended the public schools of that town until ten years of age, when his parents returned to Tiverton. He then successively attended the Friends' School at Providence, R. I.; Eagleswood Military Academy at Perth Amboy. N. J., and the Polytechnic Institute at Troy, N. Y. After spending a short time in the office of Nichols & Barker, lumber merchants, of Albany, N. Y., he came to Fall River and established the lumber firm of Barker & Company, which still continues. At first the business was mainly retail, but since 1888 has been wholesale. The firm have an extensive trade and deal largely in Southern yellow pine. They have supplied the lumber for forty one of the cotton mills built in Fall River since 1870, and for numerous other mills in Taunton and New Bedford, Mass., in Burlington, Vt., and Warren, R. I. Mr. Barker was married in 1873 to Eliza H., daughter of Moses T. and Elizabeth (Tillinghast) Lawton, of Tiverton, R. I. One son has been born to them, Richard J. Barker, jr., who is engaged in the retail lumber business in Fall River.

From:
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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