Biography of Richard B. Borden
Bristol County, MA Biographies

Borden, Richard B., son of Richard and Abby (Walker) Borden, was born in Fall River, February 21, 1834. He is a lineal descendant and eighth of the line of Richard Borden, who came from England in 1635 and settled in Rhode Island early in the spring of 1638. His son Matthew was born there in May of the same year, being the first white child born on the island. Col. Richard Borden, father of the subject of this sketch, was identified with all the leading corporations of Fall River and one of the leading cotton manufacturers of New England for nearly half a century. He was treasurer of the Fall River Iron Works for many years. Richard B. Borden attended the common schools of Fall River, Middleboro Academy, and the Lawrence Scientific School. He began business life as a clerk in the office of the Metacomet Mills, later going into the office of the Fall River Iron Works. In 1859, having gained a thorough and complete knowledge of the manufacturing business, he secured the agency of the Metacomet Mill, the Annawan Manufactory. and the Fall River Manufactory. From 1873 to 1876 he was the treasurer of the Crescent Mills and retained the agency of the Metacornet and Annawan, and since 1876 be has been treasurer of the Troy Cotton and Woolen Mills and the Richard Borden Manufacturing Company. Mr. Borden is a director in the Troy, Mechanics', Annawan, Metacomet, Merchants' and Richard Borden Mills, American Linen Company, Fall River Bleachery and Fall River Machinery Company. He is vice president and director of the Fall River National Bank, president and director of the Union Belt Company, and vicepresident and trustee of the Five Cents Savings Bank. He is also a director in the Manufacturers' Mutual Insurance Company of Fall River, and the State Mutual Fire Insurance Company, Enterprise Mutual Fire Insurance Cornpany, and American Mutual Fire Insurance Company. Mr. Borden has been activehand continuously engaged in the cotton manufacturing business perhaps longer than any other man in Bristol county. He is a member and treasurer of the Central Congregational Church of Fall River. and is known by all as a man of high personal character and unquestioned integrity. He has been a member of the Common Council for two terms. In 1863 he married Ellen F. Plummer, of Boston. Of this union are four children: Richard P., Charles N., Elizabeth M., and Nellie L.

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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