Biography of Charles O. Brightman
Bristol County, MA Biographies

Brightman, Charles Oliver, contractor and builder, is the son of Oliver P. Brightman (which see), and was born in New Bedford, Mass., March 28, 1853. He was educated in the public and high schools of his native city and in 1870 went to Providence, R. I., where he learned the carpenter's trade, remaining five years. Afterward he spent three years in Hartford, Conn., and in 1878 returned to New Bedford, where, in 1879, he engaged in the stair building business, which he had previously learned in addition to his trade. In 1881 he became a general contractor and builder, a business he has since followed with success. Among the numerous structures erected by him are the Wamsutta block, the Haskell & Tripp stores, Adelphia rink, House of Correction, St. Luke's Hospital, the New Bedford Five Cents Savings Bank building, the Emerson building, the Union for Good Works building, the Unitarian Chapel, the Parker House addition, the Slocum building, the Howland and Rotch Mills, the Bennett Mill No. 2, the Columbia Spinning Mills Nos. 1 and 2, and the Samuel P. Richmond, Clarence A. Cook, Charles M. Tripp, Charles S. Kelley, Edmund B. Wood and other residences, all in New Bedford; the U. S. Fish Commission buildings at Wood's Holl; the Globe Yarn Mill No. 3 in Fall River; and many other dwellings, blocks, public buildings, etc. He is one ot the leading build. ers in southeastern Massachusetts. Mr. Brightman was elected to the City Council in 1887, was for three years a member of the Board of Public Works, served as secretary of the New Bedford Republican City Committee for several years, and has been a member of the Massachusetts State Central Committee since 1892. He is also one of the commissioners appointed by the governor to build the new jail in Fall River. He is a thirty second degree Mason, holding membership in all the bodies, and is also a member of the Elks and the Wamsutta and Dartmouth Clubs of New Bedford and the Quequechan Club of Fall River. In May, 1876, he married Anna Cronan of Brooklyn, N. Y., and their children are Oliver C., Ella D., and Marshall C.

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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