Biography of James Marshall
Bristol County, MA Biographies

Marshall, James, son of John and Elizabeth (Dowling) Marshall, was born in New York city, January 14, 1860. He attended the public schools of his native city and after the family removed to Bridgeport. Conn., attended the Bridgeport High School, from which he was graduated in the class of 1876. For some time he was tutored privately by his uncle, the Rev. James Marshall, with a view of entering the ministry, but abandoned this intention and engaged in his father's business, conducting a gallery of fine arts in Bridgeport until 1882, when he went into the hat factory of Brown & Henshaw to learn the business. Later he engaged for a short time with a similar firm in Philadelphia, Pa., but was called back to Bridgeport to assume the management of the Brown & Henshaw plant, which he purchased in company with two associates in 1885. The business was conducted under the name of Marshall, Wilson & Co. until 1887, when Mr. Wilson retired, and the firm having outgrown its Bridgeport quarters, removed to Fall River. In 1897 Robert and John Marshall entered the firm. The Marshall hat factory has now the largest output of stiff hats of any single hat factory in the world and is in practical control of the stiff hat market. Mr. Marshall is president of the Fall River Bleachery and director of the Fall River Daily Herald, Sanford Spinning Company and the Metacomet Bank. He is also prominently identified with many public and charitable institutions, being vice president of the Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, a trustee of the Emergency Hospital and president of the Seaside Home; trustee of the Five Cents Savings Bank, member of the corporation of the Fall River Savings Bank and president of the Kemble Club. Mr. Marshall was married in 1881 to Jennie L., daughter of George S. Coley of Stepney, Conn.

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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