Biography of James H. Hathaway
Bristol County, MA Biographies

Hathaway, James Henry, city treasurer of New Bedford, is the son of James Henry Hathaway and Elizabeth Wilcox, his wife, and a grandson of Capt. William Hathaway, a native of New Bedford and a merchant sailing master from New York. His father, James H , sr., spent most of his life in New York city as an accountant, dying in February, 1844; his wife survived until 1890. Mr. Hathaway was born in New Bedford, Mass., November 1, 1835, received a high school education, and then engaged in the hat business in his native city, having his uncle, David B. Wilcox, as a partner. He had become a member of the New Bedford City Guards in 1859. In April, 1861, he enlisted in Co. L, 3d Mass. Vol. Inf., and served three months, being stationed at Fortress Monroe. Afterward he was appointed a clerk in the navy department under Paymaster Thornton and in this capacity served with the expeditions on the sounds of North Carolina, at Roanoke Island, and at Newbern, where, on August 5, 1862, he received the appointment of acting assistant paymaster in the U. S. navy, which position he held until March, 1866. He served mainly in this latter capacity with the Mississippi squadron, being in the Red River and other expeditions, and after the war closed having charge of a number of light clad boats laid up to be sold at Cairo, Ill. For several years after receiving an honorable discharge from the U. S. navy he was connected with the New Bedford city assessor's office. On April 6, 1874, he was appointed assistant to the late James B. Congdon, then city treasurer, and on April 6, 1879, he succeeded Mr. Congdon as city treasurer, which office he has creditably and satisfactorily filled ever since, having been, with one exception (1897), unanimously reelected by the City Council on joint ballot. Mr. Hathaway is an honored and respected citizen, and a member of Eureka Lodge, F. & A. M., and of Post 1, G. A. R. May 12, 1858, he married Mary E., daughter of Arvin Smith of New Bedford, and they have had two Sons: William W., his assistant in the office from 1879 till his death on October 27, 1896, and Charles R., his present assistant.

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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