Biography of Philander H. Brightman
Bristol County, MA Biographies

Brightman, Philander H., son of Elias P. and Dianna A. (Manchester) Brightman, was born June 22, 1839. He attended the district schools until he was fifteen years of age, when he went to learn the trade of pattern maker, where he remained for a short time, and forming a dislike for this business, resigned his position and shipped aboard the brig Kate Cory, under Captain Weston Tripp, and was twenty two months on a whaling voyage. In 1861 he returned home and went to California and engaged in mining for ten years, when he returned again to Westport and for five years ran a yacht boat. He then established himself in the lumber business, which he conducted until 1884, when the present firm of Brightman Brothers was formed. which copartnership continues as it was then organized. October 30, 1884, Mr. Brightman married Elizabeth A., (born April 2, 1862), daughter of John W. and Elizabeth M. (Hall) Babbitt, of Fairhaven, and they have two children, Ralph H., born August 4, 1885, and Guy L, born June 13, 1887.

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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