Biography of William R. Billings
Bristol County, MA Biographies

Billings, William Richardson, was born in Brooklyn, N. Y., May 23, 1853. His early education was received in the public schools of Brooklyn, at Allen Brothers' school, Newton, Mass., and Worcester Polytechnic Institute, from which he was graduated in the class of 1871. He then came to Taunton with the Mason Machine Company, where he spent five years in mastering the machinist's trade, and after that, for about two years, was an assistant teacher in the Bristol Academy. In 1879 Mr. Billings was appointed clerk and superintendent of the Taunton Water Works, which position he held nine consecutive years. After a short engagement with the Chapman Valve Company as traveling salesman, he was chosen treasurer of the Taunton Locomotive Manufacturing Company, which position he still holds. In October, 1881, Mr. Billings married Nancy Hull Goldsbury, youngest daughter of Dr. Ira and Martha E. Simpson, and they have one daughter, Grace Sampson Billings.

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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