Biography of William P. Hood
Bristol County, MA Biographies

Hood, William P., was born in Providence, R. I., in 1825, a son of David B. and Mary A. Hood. His father was a merchant and business connections took him on frequent visits to the Southern States, when William P. would be left in charge of the business with responsibilities unusual for one so young in years. However, a man's mature 5udgment and thoughtfulness seems to have possessed the boy of fourteen to such an extent that business went right along under his management. The one absorbing principle of his life seems to have been early implanted, that of doing for himself. Actuated by such motives he left home at the early age of fifteen to try the world for himself. He worked first at any kind of employment he could get for a number of years, when he at last took up that of insurance, fire, marine and life. In all of these he was eminently successful to a degree that he has continued it as a side line to every other undertaking he has entered into for the last sixty years. To follow him through the many and diversified undertakings he has entered into and carried through successfully without a single failure, would take a long time to enumerate. He was for twenty five years a commercial traveler for a Boston house, selling its products all over New England, never stopping for hard times, but meeting circumstances of that nature with renewed energy and determination. In 1854 he with others organized and incorporated the Boston Stove Foundry at Somerset and has been its treasurer a number of years. The buildings were destroyed by fire in February, 1896, but were immediately rebuilt on an enlarged and improved scale, so that the plant of the Somerset Stove Foundry Co. consists of one main building 40 by 180 feet, two and three stories; the foundry 52 by 120 feet with connections one story; capacity of the works $60,000 annually and employ forty skilled workmen. Besides the fine new buildings there is a water front of 400 feet with wharves complete, where all material is within wheelbarrow reach of the cupola, where it is needed, making it without exception one of the most complete and economical industries of its kind in New England. This establishment enjoys unusual advantages, situated as it is on the Taunton River four miles from the city of Fall River, where a large part of its products finds a ready and inexpensive market. Owing to the many enterprises engaged in, as well as the advanced age of Mr. Hood, this plant with stock and good will could be obtained on satisfactory terms at an outlay not to exceed $30,000. Here is offered an opportunity for capitalists to invest in an enterprise with no uncertainties to face on account of newness in the market, but rather with years of successful business enterprise in the past, with markets already built up and a prospect for the future rarely excelled. The reader must not take it for granted the life of an insurance underwriter and commercial traveler, or successful stove manufacturer fills up the scope of his operations; on the contrary he early invested in shipping and has carried shares in a number of vessels, has been interested in eighteen vessels which have gone down at various times without one dollar of insurance. Mr. Hood is at the present time largely interested in merchant marine, owning a large interest in the Gov. Ames. the only five masted schooner afloat, of over 300 feet in length. 50 feet beam and 20 feet deep, with a capacity of over 3,000 gross tons; she is now landing 1,500,000 feet southern pine lumber. He was for many years interested and a large owner in the Somerset ship yard and has seen thirteen vessels in course of construction on the stocks at one time. He is the largest individual property owner in the village, making his first venture in real estate in 1844, with a beginning of only $40, and purchasing the dwelling home which stands nearly opposite his present factory on Main street and paying thereon the sum mentioned above. In 1843 Mr. Hood married a daughter of Deacon Nathan Davis, and they had ten children, of whom five survive: William P., jr., A. H., Lilla F., Mary E. and Sarah F. Mr. Hood is a Royal Arch Mason and member of Pioneer Lodge. F. & A. M.

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.

Privacy Policy for OnlineBiographies

Bristol County, MA Biographies

Names A to B
Names C to D
Names E to H
Names I to L
Names M to O
Names P to R
Names S
Names T to Z




New York

For all your genealogy needs visit Linkpendium

Family Tree Maker 2012