Biography of Nathaniel B. Borden
Bristol County, MA Biographies

Borden, Nathanel Briggs, treasurer of the Barnard Manufacturing Company, was born in Fall River, Mass., February 23, 1844, a son of Nathaniel Briggs and Sarah Gould (Buffum) Borden. He is seventh in descent from Richard Borden, who came from Kent, England, in 1635, and a few years later settled in Portsmouth, R. I. His father was an eminent citizen of Fall River, having assisted in the organization of the Pocasset Manufacturing Company; he was four years a member of the Lower House of the State Legislature; three years of the Senate, and served in the Twenty fourth, Twenty fifth and Twenty seventh Congresses as a representative from Massachusetts, being elected first upon an anti Masonic and Jacksonian platform. During his second term he supported John Quincy Adams in the struggle for the right of petition. Being sent to the State Senate as a Whig in 1851, Mr. Borden, in deference to the overwhelming sentiment of his district, cast the ballot that secured the election of Charles Sumner as United States senator over Robert C. Winthrop, in an exciting contest. Nathaniel B. Borden received his early educational training in the public schools and at Phillips Exeter Academy. He entered Harvard in 1864, but the next year, owing to the death of his father, left college and went to Peacedale, R. I., to learn the woolen business in the mills of Rowland G. Hazard. Subsequently he was in the employ of T. R. Hyde & Co. at Carolina Mills, R. I. In 1866 he entered the office of the Valley Falls Co., a cotton manufacturing establishment at Valley Falls, R. I. In 1870 he became bookkeeper in the office of the Merchants' Manufacturing Company at Fall River, but the next year returned to the Valley Falls Company as superintendent. In 1873 he returned to Fall River, organized the Barnard Manufacturing Company and has since filled the position of treasurer of that corporation, which controls a flourishing and prosperous cotton manufactory. Mr. Borden was president of the Cotton Manufacturers' Association of Fall River in 1889 and 1890, and in the Common Council of the city in 1890 and 1891 He became president of the Children's Home of Fall River in 1889. He is vice president of the Massasoit National Bank, of the Harvard Club of Fall River, and a member of the Quequechan Club. February 2, 1870, Mr. Borden married Annie E. Brown of Fall River, and they have four children: Nathaniel Briggs, jr., Annie Brown, Arnold Buffum and Louise Gould.

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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