Biography of William L. Gifford
Bristol County, MA Biographies

Gifford, William Leander, son of Leander and Harriet E. (Sanford) Gifford, was born in Taunton, November 26, 1855. He received his early education in the public schools of Taunton, and after leaving school engaged with the Boston Branch Grocery Co. for about one year, when he went with the Davenport & Mason express business as messenger. Preferring the groccry business to the express, he soon re turned to the old firm and stayed with them a number of years. In 1883 he started in business for himself on High street, in the same location as he occupies today, and the firm as Gifford & Trafton continued for nine years, when Mr. Gifford bought out his partner and carried on the business alone. During this time Mr. Gifford started and operated the Taunton Wire Nail Co., which he continued for seven years, and then closed out his interest in it to devote his whole time to the grocery line. Mr. Gifford is a member of Chas. H. Titus Lodge, F. & A. M., and King Philip Lodge of I. O. O. F. September 20, 1881, he married Mary L., daughter of Joseph E. and Mary Frances (Graham) Cobb (now deceased), and they had four children: Lola B., Lena C., Joseph L. and Gladys.

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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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