Biography of Joseph H. Fernandes
Bristol County, MA Biographies

Fernandes, Joseph H., son of Joseph and Clara (Felicia) Fernandes, was born in New Bedford, July 17, 1860. Both of his parents were natives of the Western Islands (Azores) and came to this country when young, settling at once in New Bedford, where they have resided all their lives, and his father, who was a whaler, mer chant, and hotel proprietor, was well known and universally respected in New Bedford. Mr. Fernandes obtained a good common school education and in 1871 went into the Wamsutta Mills, remaining until 1873, when he went to the Potomska Mills, his service there covering a period of nine years. In 1882 he entered the employ of the Pairpint Manufacturing Company and later went to the Acushnet Mills, where he became a second hand, and in June, 1887, he established a general provision business on Potomska street, which he has since continued with success. He is one of the representative members of the Portuguese race in New Bedford. In 1896 he was elected on an independent ticket as councilman from Ward 6, having been previously nominated and defeated twice. For some time he has served as president of the Portuguese American Political and Naturalization Club, and is a member of the Monte Pio Society and the Royal Arcanum, and is also chairman of the Landlords' Protective Association of New Bedford. In 1884 he married Mary E., daughter of Patrick Murray of Novia Scotia, and they have four sons, two of whom survive: Joseph and George E.

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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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