Biography of Charles J. Holmes
Bristol County, MA Biographies

Holmes, Charles J., son of Charles Jarvis and Louisa (Haskell) Holmes, was born in Rochester, Mass., March 4, 1834. He is a direct descendant of William Holmes, who died in Marshfleld in 1678, and five generations of his family he buried in the Holmes family lot at Rochester. The family traces its ancestry to John Holmes, said to have taken his surname from Stockholm, the capital of his native country. He came into England as a private soldier in the army of William the Conqueror and was rewarded by him with an estate in Yorkshire, but later, having incurred the displeasure of King John, was obliged to flee from his estate to the northward. Some years after he purchased the Dalesman's estate, which is still in the possession of his descendants. The father of Charles J. was a prominent member of the Bristol bar, served several terms in the State Legislature and one term as a member of the Governor's Council. He removed from Rochester to Taunton when Charles J. was five years of age, and four years later came to Fall River, where the son attended the public and high schools, being a member of the graduating class of 1853, the first class to be graduated from the Fall River High School. As a young man Mr. Holmes was very fond of and excelled in all athletic sports, playing in cricket and base ball matches for more than twenty years, and being captain of the old Quequechan Base Ball Club. When he was nineteen he went into the Massasoit Bank as a clerk and when twenty one was elected treasurer of the Five Cents Savings Bank, which position he still holds. In the same year he became cashier of the Wamsutta Bank, which became the Second National Bank in 1864. He has represented the city and senatorial district in both branches of the Legislature; was alderman in 1885, 1888 and 1889; a member of the School Committee over fifteen years; chairman of the Civil Service Commission for many years; and has served as overseer of the poor since the creation of that separate department of that board. He is president of several manufacturing corporations and is personally identified with many religious and benevolent societies and associations. Mr. Holmes has been chairman of the committee of the Associated Savings Banks of Massachusetts for many years, and as such has attained a wide acquaintance in banking circles. In this capacity he has had marked success in presenting for favorable consideration the claims of savings banks before committees of the House and Senate of the United States. He has long been a member and for a number of years senior deacon of the Central Congregational Church of Fall River. May 4, 1858, he married Mary A., daughter of Joshua and Johanna Remington of Fall River, and they have three children: Mary L., Anna C. and Charles L.

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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