Biography of Robert B. Macdonald
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Macdonald, Robert B., was born in Philadelphia, July 11, 1845. His father, Edward Macdonald, was a native of Manchester, England, and came to the United States in 1840. settling in Newark, N. J. In 1854 he came to Adamsdale, and in 1859 to Attleborough, where he was identified in the calico works. He married Margaret Broadbent, and died in 1876. Robert B. Macdonald was educated in the public schools and in 1869 learned the jewelry trade in Attleborough with Freeman & Co. In 1873 he came to Attleborough and established the business of making swivels; in 1880 he enlarged the business and was one of the first manufacturers to use the jig saw in the business and the first one to make fancy hair and hat pins. He organized the firm of Macdonald, Culver & Teed, Mr. Teed retiring in 1897, and at the present time the firm carries a line of silver novelties. In 1869 Mr. Macdonald married Lydia B. Wilmouth, and their children are R. B. Macdonald, jr., Mrs. Alice Chase and Hattie R.

From:
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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