Biography of Joseph A. Beauvais
Bristol County, MA Biographies

Beauvais, Joseph Arthur, president of the Citizens' National Bank of New Bedford, is the son of Andrew and Patience (Ricketson) Beauvais, and was born January 21, 1824, in South Dartmouth, Mass. His maternal grandparents were Clark and Mary (Wood) Ricketson, of that town. Andrew Beauvais, a native of Bordeaux, France, was sent when quite young by his widowed mother to this country, whither his sister, wife of Capt. James Rider, of Dartmouth, had preceded him. This move was to avoid conscription into Napoleon's army, which was then taking boys of twelve years of age to fight in the French army. He was long a commander of packet ships between New York and New Orleans, and later in the South American trade, chiefty with Buenos Ayres. Captain Rider was also a successful ship master, sailing from New York in the New Orleans and European trade. Shortly after 1824 the two families removed to New York and later to Astoria, Long Island, where Mrs. Andrew Beauvais died. In 1832 Captain Rider retired from his sea faring life, and the families returned to South Dartmouth, where the former engaged in the whaling business, which he subsequently followed in New Bedford, where his death occurred. After the death of his mother, Joseph Arthur Beauvais became an inmate of Captain Rider's family, and attended the public and private schools of Dartmouth. He came to New Bedford in 1840, attended the Bush Street Grammar School for a time, was graduated from the High School in 1842, and then entered the counting room of his uncle, Barton Ricketsou, managing owner of whaling and merchant vessels and of the New Bedford Iron Foundry. He was his uncle's bookkeeper and confidential clerk from 1843 to November, 1851. when he accepted a similar position with J. B. Wood & Co., who were largely engaged in the whaling industry. He became an owner in their ships, did some business as a broker, and at times was managing owner of several merchant and coasting vessels. In 1860 he was elected treasurer of the New Bedford Tannery Company. He was chosen treasurer of the American Tack Company of Fairhaven in 1867, and for several years has also been its president. In February, 1872, he left the employ of J. B. Wood & Co. and with T. B. Fuller, organized the private bank of Beauvais & Co., which was transferred to the Citizens' National Bank in May, 1875. Mr. Beauvais was one of the principal founders of this institution and has continuously served it as president. He was one of the organizers and the first president of the Fall River Railroad Company, which built the railroad between New Bedford and Fall River and opened it for travel in December, 1875. He resigned as president in 1877, but has since continued as a director. He was an incorporator of the New Bedford Five Cents Savings Bank, of which he has long been a trustee, and in 1878 was an organizer of the New England Mutual Aid Society, which he servcd as president until the office was removed to Boston. He has served as president of the New Bedford Real Estate Association and the Weeden Manufacturing Company; as director of the Bennett Manufacturing Company, the Union Street Railway Company, and the Grinnell Manufacturing Company, all of New Bedford, and the Fall River Bleachery, the Sagamore Manufacturing Company, the Border City Manufacturing Company, the Globe Street Railway Company, the King Philip Mills, and the Globe Yarn Mills, all of Fall River, and the Taunton Manufacturing Company. In some of these corporations be has declined reelection owing to his desire to decrease his business cares. He was originally a Whig, but has been a Republican since the organization of the party. He was for some time the clerk, and for eight years the Sunday school superintendent of the Trinitarian Chqrch, and for many years has been a leading member of the North Congregational Church. In May, 1848, he married Hannah Cotton Parker, daughter of Ward M. and Hepzabeth (Davis) Parker, who died in January, 1879. Their only child, Louise Cecile, married Max Ritter Von Schmaedel, artist of Munich, and died leaving a son, Harold Parker Von Schmaedel. Mr. Beauvais married, second, in June, 1881, Mary Stetson Mendell, daughter of Ellis and Catherine (Allen) Mendell, of New Bedford.

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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