Biography of Edmund F. Maxfield
Bristol County, MA Biographies

Maxfield, Edmund F. a son of Edmund and Catherine (Clark) Maxfield, was born in New Bedford, May 4, 1841. His father, who died in New Bedford, in 1876, in his sixty ninth year, was a prominent owner of whale shipping, a member of the Common Council, under the mayoralty of Hon. Abraham H. Howland, 1851, and Hon. William J. Rotch, 1852, and one of the representative business men of the town for several years. He was a man of the strictest integrity and gained and maintained a high reputation. In early life he had been a whaling captain and the experience thus gained rendered him especially well fitted for the shipping business. He had amassed considerable property by the exercise of indefatigable energy and ability. Edmund F. Maxfield was educated in the private schools of New Bedford, and at an early age began to learn the machinist's trade, in the shop of Collis & Nightingale, at Providence, R. I. At the outbreak of the Civil war, he at once enlisted in the navy, being commissioned acting third assistant engineer, in which capacity he served fifteen months, and was then obliged to resign on account of ill health. Later he engaged in the transport service, which was fully as hazardous as service in the regular navy, and after the war he worked at his trade until the death of his father, when he took charge of the estate and has since managed it. Mr. Maxfleld has always taken an active interest in the fire department and was well known to the old volunters. The Maxfield family were among the earliest settlers of the town of Dartmouth and have been prominent in local history. The family is of English origin.

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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