Biography of Charles P. Brightman
Bristol County, MA Biographies

Brightman, Charles P., city treasurer and tax collector of Fall River, was born in that city August 5, 1848, a son of Horatio Nelson and Rebecca Loraine (Drake) Brightman. His first American ancestor came from England to Rhode Island early in the seventeenth century, and soon moved to the site of Fall River, being one of the first settlers in that vicinity. He was a prominent man among the colonists, being a member of the governor's staff. According to the old records he was made a freeman in 1670. Mr. Brightman attended the public schools and while pursuing his studies in the high school, enlisted, in 1864, in the 91st Unattached Company, M. V. M., in the three months service. When his term expired he returned to school and at the age of eighteen began to learn the trade of a machinist in the shops of Gifford & Houghton in Fall River, following that occupation five years. Through the influence of Congressman Buffinton he was appointed to a position in the city postoffice, where he remained thirteen years, having in the mean time been promoted to the place of chief clerk. In 1886 he was elected by the City Council to the office of city treasurer and tax collector, which office he has since held by annual reelection. By virtue of this office he is treasurer of the trust and sinking funds of the city, and he is one of the trustees of the Fall River Savings Bank, Mr. Brightman was married twice, first, to Susie Harrison, who died fifteen months after marriage. His second wife was Abbie J.. daughter of David Albert of Fall River. They have two children: Harold and Gladys Loraine Brightman.

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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