Biography of Prelet D. Conant
Bristol County, MA Biographies





Conant, Prelet Drake, was born in Attleborough, September 20, 1822, and was a spinner in a cotton mill while yet a boy. His father died when he was an infant and his mother died when he was twenty years old. Before her death he left the mill and learned the carpenter's trade. He came to Fall River in August, 1843, continuing his trade of carpenter. In 1853 he opened a shop in Tiverton, R. I., and began the manufacture of sashes and blinds in a modest way. After five years he moved to larger premises and put in machinery, all his previous work having been done by hand. Two years later he removed to Bowenville, where he did a large business. He had a salesroom at that time where the Borden block now stands. His next stand was on Davol street; this shop was destroyed by fire and he lost everything, but he soon began again, and after carrying on business on Second street for a time, removed to his present premises on Bedford street. His operations both in the mercantile line and in real estate have been very successful, and be retired from active business in the fall of 1886. Mr. Conant married Jane Munroe Rounds of Rehoboth, and they have one daughter living, Mrs. Joseph O. Neill. He has been justice of the peace in Rhode Island and Massachusetts for over fifty years: is one of the oldest Masons of Fall River and has taken all the degrees of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. He has been agent of the Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Children for several years.

From:
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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