Biography of Thomas Bennett, Jr.
Bristol County, MA Biographies

Bennett, Thomas, jr., who was called the "father of the textile industry in New Bedford," died at the old colonial mansion on County street, where he had resided thirty four years, April 17. 1898, in the seventy, eighth year of his age. Thomas Bennett. jr., was born in New Bedford, August 16, 1820, in the old Humphrey Howland home on Union street. He was a son of Capt. Thomas Bennett and of Nancy Howland, a daughter of Humphrey Howland. Of the five children born to them only two lived to maturity, Robert Bennett of Fairhaven and Thomas Bennett, jr. Capt. Thomas Bennett sailed in the service of the Liverpool line of packets and was captain of the packet ship New York for many years. He spent the latter years of his life at the old homestead in Fairhaven, which has been in the possession of the family over two hundred years. Thomas Bennett, jr., was educated at the Friends' Academy in New Bedford, and after leaving school entered the counting room of Elisha Dumbar. After Mr. Dunbar's death he filled for seven years a similar position with Edward C. Jones; at the end of this period he went south to Upson county, Georgia, where he received his training in the cotton manufacturing business. Being in a cotton growing country he also had abundant opportunity to study the growth of the cotton plant. After three years he returned to New Bedford with the idea of interesting northern capital in starting a cotton mill in the South, but Mr. Joseph Grinnell, and others whom he consulted, preferred that the mill should be built in New Bedford. This led to the incorporation of the Wamsutta Mills in 1847, Mr. Bennett being made agent and superintendent. He continued in these positions until 1874, when, having gained a competence, he retired from the cares of active business. He was one of the first board of directors of the Fall River Bleachery and for some time a member of the New Bedford water board. No man stood higher in the estimation of his friends and business associates than he; sterling integrity, progressive ability, and the power of application were attributes of which he more than once proved himself to be possessed. In 1854 he married Sibyl T., daughter of Richard Williams, of New Bedford, and they had two children: Clara Bennett and Williams Bennett, who died in 1875.

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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