Biography of Richard H. Hall
Bristol County, MA Biographies

RICHARD HENRY HALL, of Taunton, is the eldest son of Richard Hutchens Hall and Mary A. Bates, and was born in Norton, Bristol county, Mass., November 7, 1830. He is a lineal descendant in the eighth generation from George Hall, one of the founders of the town of Taunton in 1639 and one of its first Board of Selectmen, through his great grandfather, Brian Hall, who was was born in Taunton, Mass., July 9, 1727, and who removed to the adjoining town of Norton (formerly a part of Taunton) about the year 1755. Brian Hall, son of John and Mary Hall, of Taunton, was married in 1751 to Abiah Crossman, of Taunton, the daughter of Thomas and Joanna (Leonard) Crossman, and granddaughter of Thomas and Joanna Leonard. He became a large landowner, and was one of the first to respond to the call to arms in the war for independence, enlisting as lieutenant in Captain Hodges's company, and serving in Rhode Island in 1776. He was also a member of the Select Committee of Correspondence to take into consideration the "confederation of the Union of States," and of the committee to devise means for the formation of a State Constitution. He died December 13, 1778. Both he and his wife were members of the First Congregational Society. Richard Hutchens Hall, father of the subject of this sketch, was born in Norton, Mass., May 23, 1810, and for many years was superintendent of the Norton branch of the Taunton Copper Manufacturing Company. He died February 10, 1877. His wife, Mary A., was the daughter of Horatio and Mary (Monroe) Bates, of Providence, R. I., and was born September 8, 1812, and died October 19, 1878. They had ten children, of whom six attained maturity, viz.: Richard Henry, of Taunt on; Horatio Hutchens, of Taunton, born September 6, 1833; Mary Jane, born February 14, 1836, married J. Henry Stoddard, of Weymouth; Harriet Augusta, born March 14, 1845, widow of Alfred W. Woodward, of Taunton; George Edwin, born October 1, 1847, of Norton; and Velina Allen, born October 5, 1854, married Albert Eddy, of Norton.

Richard Henry Hall was educated in the public schools of Norton, at the Bristol Academy in Taunton, and at the Pierce Academy in Middleborough. At the age of nineteen he entered the employ of the Taunton Copper Manufacturing Company, with which he remained thirty four years, filling the various positions of metallurgist, refiner, chemist, superintendent, and director with unusual ability and great satisfaction. The high standard attained by the company in its several lines of manufactured goods was largely due to Mr. Hall's energy and skill, and to the care which he exercised in his departments. In 1884 he resigned and spent some time in foreign travel, principally in Europe, and upon returning home he became, at tie earnest solicita tion of Taunton's business men, the candidate for mayor. He was elected and served during 1886, was again elected for 1888, and reelected without opposition for 1889, being nominated by both the Citizens and Republican conventions. During his three years' service as mayor of Taunton he devoted his whole time to municipal work and in many ways advanced the material interests of the city. His arduous labors during the year of the disastrous freshet in 1886 and during the celebration of her 250th anniversary in 1889 are held in grateful and appreciative remembrance.

Mr. Hall is independent in politics, voting and working for the best interests of the community at large, and supporting those movements which promise the widest benefit. For several years he resided in Norton, where he rendered efficient service as a member of the town School Board. In 1861 he removed to Taunton, where he has lived ever since, and where he served for a time in the Common Council prior to his election to the mayoralty. He has been the general superintendent of the Revere Copper Company at Canton since 1890. He has been a trustee of the Bristol County Savings Bank of Taunton since 1875, a trustee of the Morton Hospital since its organization, a trustee of the Taunton Public Library since 1893, and a member and vestryman of St. Thomas's Episcopal Church, Taunton, for many years. He is a thirty second degree Mason, being a member and past treasurer of Ionic Lodge and member of St. Mark's Royal Arch Chapter, of Taunton, an honorary member of Taunton Council, àf New Bedford, and a member of St. John's Commandery, No. 1, K. T., of Providence, R. I., and of the Scottish Rite bodies. He is also a member of the Society of the Sons of the American Revolution through his great grandfather, Lieut. Brian Hall. As a citizen he is public spirited, progressive, and patriotic, imbued with the loftiest sense of honor, and universally respected and esteemed. He is methodical, exact, and energetic, a man of the strictest integrity, and a liberal supporter of every worthy enterprise.

Mr. Hall was married January 3, 1859, to Susan Jane, daughter of James C. and Lydia T. (Packard) Drake, of North Bridgewater (now Brockton), Mass., and a great granddaughter of Capt. Daniel Drake, a kinsman of John Drake, one of the first settlers of Taunton. Capt. Daniel Drake was born in Taunton in 1743, enlisted in the militia April 20, 1775, and served with distinction throughout the Revolutionary war, participating in the siege of Boston, and receiving a captain's commission. He married Lois, daughter of John and Dorothy (Pinneo) Reed, of Taunton. James Cobb Drake, grandfather of Mrs. Hall, was born in Taunton prior to the removal of the family to Grafton, N. H., in 1788. James Cobb Drake, her father, was born January 15, 1809, removed from Grafton to Brockton, Mass., in 1831, and for many years was a railroad contractor. He died April 16, 1865. Mrs. Hall is a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution through Captain Drake, her great grandfather. Mr. and Mrs. Hall have three sons: Henry Lindsey, born November 27, 1859, who is connected with the freight department of the Boston and Maine Railroad in Boston; Frederick Stanley, born February 10, 1861, a graduate of Harvard University, and a leading lawyer in Taunton; and Edward G., born June 29, 1867, a bookkeeper, of Taunton.

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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