Biography of Rufus B. Hilliard
Bristol County, MA Biographies

Hilliard, Rufus B., city marshal of Fall River, was born in Washington county, Me., May 5, 1850. His mother died when he was quite young and at the age of three years he moved with his father to Athens, Pa., and remained two and a half years. They returned to New England at the expiration of that time and located in Newburyport, Mass., where he attended school until the age of fifteen and then enlisted in the regular army and was assigned to Battery I, 3d U. S. Artillery, stationed during his three years of service at various forts along the Atlantic coast. In 1866 he accompanied his battery, which formed part of the army of General Meade, to guard the line between the United States and Canada during the Fenian raids of that year. After his term of military service had ended he worked in the cotton mills of Lowell, Mass., until 1872, when he came to Fall River, where he was employed for eight years in the American Print Works, now the American Printing Company. In 1879 he was appointed night patrolman on the Fall River police force and in that same year was transferred to the day patrol. In 1882 he was promoted to be sergeant and was assigned to duty in the Third Division of the city in March. 1883, as assistant marshal, and served as such until April, 1886, since which time he has filled the position of city marshal of Fall River. Marshal Hilliard has an excellent record in the office he has so long held; he possesses good executive abilities and has performed his duties with a devoted earnestness of purpose. During his administration the police force has been well disciplined and the best interests of the city always protected. He is a member of the Masonic fraternity, the I. O. O. F., Knights of Pythias, Tri-Mountain Garrison No. 98 of the Regular Army and Navy Union, United Order of Workmen, American Benefit Society, and other organizations. In 1885 and 1886 he was grand chancellor of the Knights of Pythias for the State of Massachusetts. Marshal Hilliard was married in 1888 to Nellie S. Clark of Fall River, and they have one son, Dana S. Hilliard.

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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