Biography of Gilbert B. Borden
Bristol County, MA Biographies

Borden, Gilbert Bennett, retired master mariner, is the son of Richard and Sarah (Chase) Borden, and was born in Tiverton, R. I., February 1, 1827. His family originally came from Wales, Great Britain. Mr. Borden received a common school education in his native town, and in early life engaged in the whaling business, which he successfully followed until 1889, becoming a master mariner and vessel owner. He settled permanently in New Bedford on the 1st of February, 1865. In 1889 he was sent by the U. S. government to take charge of the Point Barrow refuge station in Alaska, where he remained three and one half years. While there he was also appointed deputy internal revenue collector, customs inspector, and an officer of the signal service under Lieut. Greeley of the War Department. Returning home, be was appointed, in 1895, a census enumerator of New Bedford and a special agent to obtain agricultural statistics for the State census of that year. He is a prominent Mason, belonging to the Chapter and Commandery, and is a member of the Sons of Temperance. In 1853 he married Amy Hambly of Tiverton, R. I., who died in 1864. In 1865 he married Mrs. Phebe Ann Hobbs of Fairhaven, Mass., and they have one son, Gilbert Bates Borden.

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Bristol County, Massachusetts
Prepaired and published under the auspices of
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The Boston History Company, Publishers, 1899.

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