Biography of Henry M. Knowles
Bristol County, MA Biographies

Knowles, Henry M., was born in New Bedford, December 14, 1842, a son of John P. and Susan C. (Crosby) Knowles. His family is of old Puritan stock and is in prominence throughout New England history. Among his ancestors were Col. John Knowles, born in 1672, and Col. Willard Knowles, born in 1712. His father was, in early life, a seafaring man and became a master mariner in the European and South American trade. Later, in 1835, he joined his brother, Thomas Knowles, in business in New Bedford, and in 1844, Joseph Knowles, a cousin, who had been in their employ for several years, was admitted as a partner, and the firm name then becoming Thomas Knowles & Company. This firm was extensively engaged in the whale fishery and continued in active and successful business for over half a century. Henry M. Knowles, who was the fourth son of John P. Knowles, obtained a thorough preparatory education in the private and common schools of New Bedford and was graduated from the High School in the class of 1861. He decided to embrace the profession of medicine and began his studies under Dr. Henry B. Clark of New Bedford, who privately tutored him. In 1864 he was graduated M.D. from the College of Physicians and Surgeons of New York city and in the same year began practice in Wareham, Mass. After an experience of three years he discontinued practice and removed to Cleveland, Ohio, where, for sixteen years, he remained in business, being junior partner of the firm of Bourne & Knowles, which name still survives under the title Bourne & Knowles Manufacturing Company; he was also secretary and manager of the Cleveland Spring Company, and Union Iron Works Company. He settled in New Bedford in 1890 and, in connection with John P. Knowles, jr., has since managed the interests of his father's estate. He is also a director of the Acushnet Mills Corporation, and the city Manufacturing Corporation and president of the Zonia Copper Mining Company. Mr. Knowles married first, in 1865, Lucretia Bourne of Wareham, Mass., and they had three children, all now deceased. For his second wife he married, in 1883, Helen L. Dykes, a daughter of Alfred Dykes of Leeds, England, and Boston, and they have one son surviving, Robert W. Knowles.

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Bristol County, Massachusetts
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