Biography of Cyrus D. Hunt
Bristol County, MA Biographies

Hunt, Cyrus D., vice president of the First National Bank of Fairhaven, was born at East Weymouth, November 15, 1833, and attended the common schools in the vicinity of his father's home until thirteen years old. At this early age he gained his first business experience in assisting his father, who reconstructed the government breakwater at Fort Adams, Newport, R. I., and for three years continued to work with his father in the summer and to attend the East Weymouth schools in the winter. At the age of sixteen he went into the factory of the Weymouth Iron Company; became fully conversant with the trade of manufacturing nails and worked at that business in East Weymouth, Providence, R. I., and Somerset, Mass., for a period of ten years. He was obliged to leave the factory in 1861 on account of ill health, caused by too close attention to his trade, and after a few months' recreation entered the Bridgewater Normal. For this step he was well prepared, having devoted much of his spare time to study while working at his trade, and graduating after a successful course, secured a position as teacher of a school in Somerset, teaching during the winter of 1863-64. In the summer of 1864 he entered the employ of the American Nail Machine Company of Boston. This company purchased property in Fairhaven, to which place the machinery and business were transferred in 1865. At this time Mr. Hunt was placed in charge of the plant and it was not long before he convinced his directors of the necessity of making a change in the product and they authorized him to make tacks and small nails. In 1867 the company was reorganized and named the American Tack Company. Mr. Hunt was earnestly devoted to the business and being a practical workman, secured success which otherwise might have been a failure. He made the building up of the concern his life work, and is justly proud of the success which crowned the hard fight against adverse conditions and the patient efforts which he put forth in the beginning. In 1891 the company was merged into the present Atlas Tack Company and he retired from the management after a service of twenty six years. Mr. Hunt has been a trustee and member of the board of investment of the Fairhaven Institution for Savings for a number of years; and is also a director and vice president of the First National Bank. In politics he has always been a staunch Republican, a firm believer in the protection policy of that party. He has served in the School Committee for three years, but has never held other public office, although he has been active and has frequently given advice in the councils of his party. Mr. Hunt married Sarah E. Mansfield of Braintree, Mass., and of their union have been born three sons and two daughters. Cyrus Hunt, father of Cyrus D. Hunt, was born in Braintree, Mass., August 5, 1805, and died July 14, 1863. He was a son of Daniel Hunt, born in Braintree, 1778, and who married Polly Kingman. Mr. Hunt's mother was a daughter of Laban Porter, a direct descendant of Richard Porter, who came from England in 1635, and was one of the first settlers of Weymouth. Enoch Hunt, the paternal ancestor of Cyrus D. Hunt, came from England to Wessagusset (Weymouth), with the first settlers of that ancient town. His son, Ephraim (2), born 1610, married for his first wife Annie Richards and for his second, Ebbitt Burns. Ephraim (3), their son, was born in Weymouth, 1650, and died in 1713: his son, John (4), was born in Braintree, 1688, and his son, Andrew (5), born 1743, and died 1794, was the father of Daniel (6), who was the grandfather of Cyrus D.

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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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