Biography of Samuel C. French
Bristol County, MA Biographies

France, Samuel C., son of John and Martha A. (Carter) France, was born in Newport, R. I., June 4, 1859. His father came from Ashton, near Manchester, England, when a young man, and for a number of years was engaged in the hotel business in Newport, where he became a well known and respected citizen. Mr. France was educated in the public schools of Newport and New Bedford. After leaving school he began an apprenticeship to the upholstering trade under J. L. & G. A. Hazard of Newport, with whom he remained three years. He then removed to New Bedford and engaged in a market busines with Holland & Smith on Market square; later he began work as a clerk for the Industrial Co operative Association, of which he was eventually made manager; still later he engaged in a grocery business with John W. Bannister, under the firm name of France & Bannister. This copartnership continued for about six years and at the end of that period he began work for Allen, Slade & Co. of Fall River. as their representative in New Bedford and vicinity, and his term of service with the firm now covers a period of over fourteen. years. Mr. France was long a member of the New Bedford Fire Department, his first connection with the department dating back to 1883, when he joined Onward No. 1 as reel driver; next he joined Hose No. and became captain when this company went into commission. When No. 7 Engine Company was organized he was transferred to that company as captain; in January, 1893, he was elected third assistant engineer of the department and served until 1896, when he resigned, after having completed a service of fifteen years. Mr. France is a member of Annawan Encampment and Vesta Lodge of Odd Fellows, and Provision Clerks' Benefit Association. February 3, 1887, he married Carrie A. Hersey, daughter of William S. Hersey of New Bedford, and they have two daughters: Ethel B. and Martha S.

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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