Biography of Samuel E. Bentley
Bristol County, MA Biographies

Bentley, Samuel E., son of Erastus and Jane (Griffin) Bentley, was born in Jericho, Chittenden county, Vt., December 22, 1844. His father was a prosperous farmer and during his boyhood he assisted in the farm work and attended the neighboring schools, acquiring a good education. At the age of sixteen he enlisted in Co. K, 5th Vermont Volunteers, and served three years and seven months, participating in most of the "Peninsular Campaign." He was captured May 14, 1864, at Spotsylvania, and confined in Andersonville prison eight months, and on March 31, 1865, he was honorably discharged and returned to his home. In the spring of the following year he went to Holyoke, Mass., and entered the carding room of the Lyman Mills. Three years later he sought to better his position by removing to Williamstown, where he became a second hand in the plant of the Williamstown Manufacturing Co., and in 1871 he entered the cmploy of the Renfrew Manufacturing Co., at Adams, Mass., as a second hand, and was promoted to the position of overseer of carding, remaining in that capacity until 1878, when he came to New Bedford. For a short time he was employed as a second hand at the Wamsutta Mills and was then tendered a position in the Potomska Mills, as overseer of carding, which he accepted and filled five year;. At the end of that period he became superintendent of the plant, and he filled this responsible position very acceptably for eleven years, retiring in 1895. He has served as alderman three times, 1895-96-98, and in 1897 was a candidate for mayor. He is a member of Williams Lodge of Masons of Williamstown, Mass., and of R. A. Pierce Post No. 190, G. A. 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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