Biography of Caleb Hammond
Bristol County, MA Biographies

Hammond, Caleb, is the son of Ammittai and Eunice (Chandler) Hammond and a grandson of Caleb Hammond and was born in Fairhaven, Mass., November 19, 1829. His ancestors came to this country from England about 1632 and have always been respected citizens of Eastern Massachusetts. His materal grandfather, Joshua Chandler of Fairhaven, served in the Revolutionary war, and his father, Ammittai, was a farmer and lumberman. Mr. Hammond when eleven years old went to Mattapoisett to live, but in 1844 came to New Bedford, where he learned the carpenter's trade with E. C. Chandler (an uncle) and William Gifford. When eighteen he became a journeyman, and at the age of twenty two began contracting, opening a shop where the Cummings block now stands. In 1855 he moved into his present shop at 177 North Water street. Mr. Hammond was successively a partner of Simeon Ashley and Otis T. Sherman. He continued the business of contracting, carpentering and stair building for many years: About 1882 he took his son Edgar B. into partnership, under the firm name of C. Hammond & Son, and since then their business has been the practice of architecture. Mr. Hammond is one of the oldest carpenters and contractors in New Bedford, and has always conducted an extensive business. As an architect he has been equally successful. He has been a Republican since the organization of that party, and has served as an alderman, as a member of the City Council, a member of the School Committee, and as city surveyor, in which capacity he built the New Bedford and Fairhaven bridge in 1871 and laid out some of the first city cemeteries. He was also a member of Phoenix Engine Co. No. 4 and foreman of Hook and Ladder Co. No. 1, and has always been more or less active in temperance work. In April, 1852, he married Anna, daughter of Perry Hazard and Anna Tompkins of Westport, Mass., and they have two sons: Edgar B., a civil engineer and architect, and Henry F., a carpenter, both of New Bedford.

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
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The Boston History Company, Publishers, 1899.

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